Years of recession have profoundly affected public schools throughout the country.
This fall, many schools are dealing with layoffs and program reductions made in the spring. And while other schools escaped budget cuts and severe austerity measures, their leaders still must make financial decisions amid tight economic times.
How are these choices affecting our children, their education and their teachers?
Throughout the school year, in a series of in-depth local and regional reports, you'll hear straight from children and teachers how bottom-line decisions affect the classroom. Who's thriving and who's just surviving?
Ultimately, we want you to better understand how financial decisions are made within your schools, what's gained from those choices and what's lost.