Many states approve budgets with reduced funding for schools

States across the country have approved new fiscal-year budgets that include deep cuts for schools. Most states came to budget talks facing substantial shortfalls brought on by low tax revenues and diminished stimulus funds, while many newly elected Republican legislators opposed new taxes to help generate funds. The budget process followed divisive debates over policy changes in some states, where the collective-bargaining rights of teachers were restricted on the concept that it would give districts greater flexibility to cut costs.

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