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Three-Quarters Of Public School Spending Cuts Restored

The 2008 recession may seem like a long time ago, hitting before Barack Obama began his presidency, but public elementary, middle and high schools around the country are still feeling the pinch from it. The good news is that the most recent federal data showed a significant upsurge in state and local education spending in the 2014-15 school year – one that, if it persists, could eventually restore four earlier years of deep budget cuts. Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, reported that local, state and federal governments had collectively spent 2.8 percent more on public schools during the 2014-15 school year than in the previous year.
Staff | The Hechinger Report