Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Teachers, Technology and Training: Another Year of Budget Pain Ahead

Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Teachers, Technology and Training: Another Year of Budget Pain Ahead

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INTRODUCTION

Schools and districts have spent the past few years responding to the recession and economic downturn by cutting budgets and trimming staff. While there has been a great deal of hope that an imminent economic recovery would lead to better times, unfortunately, it has yet to materialize. Now, in the face of continuing economic difficulties, there is a need for more budget cutting. This article discusses budget problems confronting school administrators and school boards in the months ahead.

MANY PROBLEMS WITH DIFFICULT CHOICES

With unemployment remaining stubbornly high, and tax receipts neutral or falling across multiple revenue streams, initial adopted budgets at all levels will come under strain since their revenue assumptions may not hold. In New York state, for example, this year's Wall Street bonuses are expected to fall considerably below initial expectations. A significant drop in bonuses will have a ripple effect throughout the state since the taxes received from those bonuses will be lower. School districts will likely be affected.

A slower real estate market with many properties underwater holds no signs of increased tax revenue. Successful property tax challenges also produce fewer tax dollars for school districts. …

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