Wednesday, November 25, 2009

BRIEFLY: Texas’ Catch 22, Cal’s universities hard(er) to get into, Schools wait for H1N1 vaccine, Class size up, Feds may penalize budget cuts, Empty seats hit budgets

from various newsfeeds

Texas school districts are feeling impact of statewide budget crisis

Difficult economic times have forced two Texas school districts to halt construction of new schools because although they have the funds to build the schools, they do not have the money to operate them. Despite a small infusion of stimulus money, state funding for education stands frozen at the level it was three years ago, and officials say they do not anticipate much more in the near future. Houston Chronicle (11/25)

California’s Public Universities: Harder To Get Into


Gaining admission to California’s public universities is becoming more difficult. Not only are the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) increasing student fees in response to state budget cuts, they are also reducing enrollment. The decisions to cut enrollments come at a time when applications to the UC and CSU are [...]

Schools could wait until January for H1N1 vaccine

School district health administrators from throughout the county learned last week that H1N1 vaccine for general student populations is not expected to be available until early January, the San Joaquin County Office of Education reported Monday.

Despite state subsidies, class sizes begin to rise again in California schools

Most of California's largest school districts are increasing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, eroding the most expensive education reform in the state's history.

Column: Feds could penalize budget cuts for education

How much spending is cut for K-12 schools and higher education next year may be determined not in Sacramento but in Washington, D.C. – and perhaps by the White House.

Empty seats shrink school revenues

More kids are staying home sick from school this year, and local districts could face financial pain if the trend continues.

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