Back to Inequality is the title of the Alliance for Quality Education’s report about the impact of state budget cuts.
The report gives details of each of the state’s 684 public school districts by examining 2011-2012 school year budget cuts and comparing the correlation between district poverty and wealth with the size of the cuts.
They find that cuts to poor districts in the state were two to three times larger than the wealthiest school districts.
Further they detail that the $1.3 billion in cuts forced 63% of districts to increase class sizes, 36% to make cuts to summer school, 22% to reduce art classes, 24% to reduce music classes, and 17% to reduce the number of honors or advanced placement courses that are essential to competitive college applications.
Interesting that in the same day, the New York City Department of Education released class size data. Here’s the link to the NYC Public School Parents, who are calling the increases class sizes unforgivable.