- Their reward for good fiscal management in previous years? Depleted reserves. Districts from Tacoma to Federal Way to North Franklin are going into savings to protect teacher salaries, education programs and the number of school days.
- Drastic reductions in classified staff who provide critical services and support to schools and kids.
- Shortened school years and reduced days – less instruction time for kids.
- The end of summer school, after-school programs and access to advanced placement courses.
I think it goes without saying – we need somenew thinking here. New ways of structuring the work of education. New ways ofthinking about funding. And new expectations for what it means to provide forthe paramount duty we owe to our kids. This month, we will examine many anglesof the current budget dilemma. We’ve asked guest bloggers – parents, teachers,administrators, legislators, community leaders – to join us to share theirperspectives. I’ve talked to superintendents of many school districts who sharetheir experience on an upcoming podcast. And we invite you to tell us yourstory.