Most government agencies are cutting costs anywhere they can these days, but in some cases, the cuts are severe enough to result in a drastic reduction in services, the New York Times reports. For example, Jefferson County, Ala., has already put schools on notice that they can expect up to a six-month delay before receiving their share of property taxes this year. The entire cafeteria staff at a juvenile detention center has been dismissed for budgetary reasons, and the director is wondering how he will feed the 28 kids in his care.
And the Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Public Schools could lose about $84 million in the next school year, forcing them to “back away from promises not to cut classrooms and educational programs.” According to the article, the state is making cuts to early childhood and English language learners programs.
“Given those actions, it is simply going to be very difficult to close this budget without impacting core education programs,” the Tribune quoted Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman as saying.