A survey done by two state education organization shows that no school district is alone in its budget battle.
The survey of school districts (263 of the 500 in the state responded) was done in April 2011 by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.
The resulting report takes a look at the affects of school districts’ budget woes. To summarize for many districts: layoffs are up, class sizes are going up, and tutoring, summer school and electives are decreasing. More districts are increasing taxes above the Act 1 limit, and fewer districts are managing to scrape by without increasing taxes.
Here are a few of the highlights from the report:
- About 31 percent of districts are considering cutting full-day kindergarten next year, compared with 1 percent that eliminated it this year.
- About 86 percent of districts anticipate seeing class sizes increase next year, compared with 17 percent increasing this year.
- 91 percent of districts don’t plan to fill empty positions next year, and about two-thirds plan to lay off instructional staff.
“Without additional funding, school districts will be forced to continue cutting programs and laying off teachers and other staff – actions that will stall the academic progress our students have made in recent years,” Jim Buckheit, director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, said in a news release.
Read the full report here.
For some other news reports on the survey, click here and here.