Students pay the price

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.

Here’s a link to a central New York report. Here’s a link with some Capital District figures. We’ll keep adding links as I find them.

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.

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  1. Betsy Marshall November 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Thank you for all of the links. There is a lot of important information in the data. Even though I teach math every day/all day, and I realize how important understanding the number system is, personal stories are what people remember. There were several good personal stories told at the Kingston Press Conference this evening. Unfortunately not many people heard the stories and those that were in attendance were probably already in agreement.

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