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Pasco School Budget Cuts: Are You Worried?

With Pasco County Schools facing down another $23 million shortfall next academic year, we want to get your take on the situation.

Pasco County School District employees haven’t had raises in years.

There’s a hiring freeze on, enacted at the district level.

Not too long ago, nearly 500 positions were shed and the district has faced year after year of funding declines. The anticipated shortfall for the 2012-13 year is $25.6 million.

Now, the district is anticipating yet another lean year ahead. Projections call for an estimated $23 million funding shortfall for the 2013-14 school year. That’s why the district has put the brakes on filling open positions.

How exactly the district will tackle the gap remains to be seen. 

As the district delves into its budget concerns, here’s what we’d like to know from you Pasco: Do the potential cuts have you worried? How has your child’s school performed in light of past budget cuts? Have you seen a decline in the quality of education, or maybe you've seen teachers work extra hard to deliver the very best? How would you tackle the repeated funding shortages? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Stephen Stark March 07, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Apparently, this doesn't strike a nerve with the Pasco county parents....could this lack of concern (regarding education) offer some possible insight into what is "actually" wrong with our current public education system? Could it really be that simple? Could, "lack of parental involvement" actually lead to lower improvement amongst students?

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