As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success.
But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no.
In at least 18 states, local government funding levels are declining, according to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. And as a result, many schools will open with fewer teachers than last year, among other detrimental losses.
As lawmakers throw up their hands and say, “sorry, there’s just not enough money,” we must ask: Where has all the money gone?