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Friday, August 22, 2008

School Districts Around the Nation Feel the Budget Crunch

From the AP in a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune:


"Children will walk farther to the bus stop, pay more for lunch, study from old textbooks and wear last year's clothes. Field trips? Forget about it.
This year, it could cost nearly twice as much to fuel the yellow buses that rumble to school each morning. If you think it's expensive to fill up a sport utility vehicle, try topping off a tank that is two or even three times as big.
At the same time, costs for air conditioning and heating, cafeteria food and classroom supplies are mounting, all because of the shaky economy. And parents have their own tanks to fill.
The extra costs present a tricky math problem: Where can schools subtract to keep costs under control?"


Read the full article here:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/education/20080818-0336-schools-hardtimes.html


Escambia County Schools are feeling the same budgetary pressures as many other districts around the country, as this article illustrates....

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