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Kristina Negron poses for a photograph Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Schenectady, N.Y.  Negron was laid off from her job as an aide for a special education class at Schenectady High School due to budget cuts.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

School districts face hard choices amid pandemic-era cuts

Oct. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — The school year in this old industrial city started with a whack of a budget ax. Teachers, classroom aides and counselors were among the hundreds laid off with potential state aid cuts looming. Pre-K is suspended, online classes are at maximum capacity and the ranks of...

Idaho governor eyes tax relief with budget surplus

Oct. 9, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potential tax relief, as well as investments in education and transportation, are on the table after tax revenue blew past projections for the third consecutive month, resulting in a projected $530 million budget surplus, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Friday. The Republican governor said...

Emily Chao, standing, watches as her sister Anabelle, works on a writing exercise after they finished remote learning for the day, as their mom Erica sits, back left, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at their home in North Miami Beach, Fla. Rather than wait to see how the Miami-Dade school system would handle instruction this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide remote learning than their public elementary school was when the coronavirus first reached Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

Oct. 9, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rather than wait to see how her children's Florida public school would teach students this fall, Erica Chao enrolled her two daughters in a private school that seemed better positioned to provide instruction online during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Oregon Department of Corrections weighs cutting college ties

Oct. 4, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections is weighing ending its connections to community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house because of a budget shortfall. The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school...

UConn deficit could be as high as $109 million amid pandemic

Sep. 30, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Budget cuts, furloughs and more state aid will be needed to address coronavirus-related losses in revenue at the University of Connecticut, the school's chief financial officer said Wednesday. The school estimates it will end the fiscal year next June with a deficit of $76 million,...

New Hampshire Supreme Court hears school funding case

Sep. 24, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's decadeslong debate over school funding again landed in front of the state Supreme Court on Thursday, when justices began reviewing a trial court ruling that left both sides unsatisfied. In several landmark rulings in the 1990s, the court ruled that the state is required...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, right, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, left, speak at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to pass a $62.7 billion budget that would keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was unveiled in the morning and was expected to win final approval by day's end before going to Gov. Whitmer for her signature. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

Sep. 23, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers Wednesday swiftly proposed and passed a $62.7 billion budget that will keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan plan was unveiled in the morning and won final approval by...

Enrollment drop could hurt funding for New Mexico schools

Sep. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the Legislative Education Study Committee heard pleas Wednesday to keep up school funding, even if enrollment is dropping because of the pandemic. School funding in New Mexico is determined by the number of students enrolled at the 40-day mark, known by some educators as...

Baltimore City Schools to lay off 450 employees, halt hiring

Sep. 23, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore City Schools plans to lay off about 450 temporary employees and halt hiring systemwide as it tries to make up for a $21 million budget shortfall incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials. The layoffs, affecting many full-time employees, including...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, assembly members gather before the Nevada State Assembly in Carson City, Nev. Nevada Democrats promised Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to appeal a state judge's ruling in a lawsuit by Republicans on a question crucial to the beleaguered state budget, whether lawmakers in 2019 improperly approved two funding measures without a constitutionally required two-thirds majority vote. (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli, File)

Nevada Democrats to appeal ruling in $100M taxation case

Sep. 22, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Democrats promised Tuesday to appeal a judge’s ruling that lawmakers in 2019 improperly approved two funding measures without a constitutionally required two-thirds majority vote — a case that is crucial to the beleaguered state budget. Republicans called the...