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Budget pressures force tough choices

When asked to select the actions their school districts would be taking due to budget pressures , drawing from fund balance was selected most frequently . Budget pressures and the forced move to virtual instruction has led to furloughs and staffing reductions in some districts .
Actions taken due to budget pressures
67.9 %
44.1 %
39.7 %
37.9 %
35.9 %
24.5 % 22.4 %
18.6 %
Drew from fund balance
Reduced staffing / eliminated positions
Postponed textbook and curriculum updates
Raised local property taxes
Postponed building renovations or maintenance
Reduced programs or services
Eliminated individual course offerings
Outsourced programs and / or services

We ’ ll make it through this year financially , but next year will be ugly .

- Survey respondent
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