There was a lot to be worried about in this recent UCLA report on how budget cuts have impacted California high schools. A summer survey of almost a quarter of high school principals in the state found that 49 percent said they’d shortened the school year and 74 percent said class sizes had grown.
But perhaps the most alarming nugget was this one:
Also, 88 percent of principals said the budget cuts have all but halted their school reform efforts, as key staff have been let go and time for professional development has been eliminated.
I’ve been noticing this trend too. When I visit San Diego schools, some are so flustered with budget cuts that it’s hard to get people to talk about changing instruction or trying new things. Is your school pushing forward with good changes even as budgets are cut? Or has less money meant less attention to fixing what needs fixing? Please let me know what’s happening at your school.