Long lines and frustrated passengers helped the Federal Aviation Administration skirt major cuts from the so-called fiscal cliff, but public schools have not been so lucky.
Districts across the country are trying desperately to plug the holes in their budgets left by sequestration – a package of mandatory spending cuts that kicked in March 1.
While cuts were billed as across-the-board, some high schools are being pinched harder – and sooner – than others. Schools near military bases and Indian reservations, and those serving large numbers of low-income students, have been hit hardest.
"We're at bare bones now," says Roy Nelson, a school board member in the Red Lake Independent School District in Minnesota.