As if children and families were not suffering enough during this economic downturn, too many states are choosing to balance budgets on the backs of children. They’re shifting more costs away from government onto children and families who have fewer means to bear them. It’s shameful.
Of the 46 states that publish data in a manner allowing historical comparisons, 37 are providing less funding per student to local school districts this school year than they provided last year, and 30 are providing less funding than they did four years ago. Seventeen states have cut per-student funding more than 10 percent from pre-recession levels, and four — South Carolina, Arizona, California, and Hawaii — have reduced per-student funding for K-12 schools by more than 20 percent, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported.