Adding insult to injury, most state and local governments will be unable to offset any reduction of Department of Education funding. This all leads to more teachers with pink slips, fewer teachers in the classroom, larger class sizes and fewer academic program choices.
School districts across the country continue to face fiscal uncertainty as they try to plan for next school year's budget. Many school districts pushed back or delayed budget decisions until after the original December 31 deadline in the hopes that leaders in Washington, DC would reach a deal to prevent the automatic cuts. State and local education policymakers are in the unenviable position of having to develop contingency plans in the event that Congress and the Obama administration are unable to reach a deal and these devastating cuts come to fruition.
For those planning for the worst, uncertainty may be almost as painful as the cuts themselves.