Public school classrooms across
The calculator, updated with 2014-15 budget figures, shows district by district how much support for local schools has dropped since Gov.
Crossey pointed out that
"The governor is trying to use rising property taxes to promote his flawed pension plan," Crossey said. "The truth is school districts have found it harder and harder to pay their bills because of the governor's unprecedented cuts to education. The governor's pension proposal will save school districts nothing in the short term and nearly nothing in the long term."
Despite the governor's refusal to raise new revenue to fill the funding hole he created for schools, state legislators found a way to increase education funding modestly in the 2014-15 budget.
Still, much more needs to be done to allow districts to restore programs that work for students and replace the more than 20,000 jobs that have been cut over the past three years, Crossey said, especially in the state's poorest school districts, which have borne the brunt of
Crossey was a special education teacher in the
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