States' estimated cuts may reach $2.5B in K-12 funding

07/31/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

At least 22 states have cut almost $2.5 billion in funding for K-12 education this fiscal year -- up from $1.8 billion last year, says the National Association of State Budget Officers. The cuts have resulted in teacher layoffs, fewer instructional days and reduced early education offerings, experts say. These cuts add to concern that disadvantaged students will be disproportionately affected, causing the achievement gap to grow.

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