My district is making decisions about its cuts to the budget right now. What will be considered sacrosanct?
I think we’re at a point where instructional coaches will be sent back to the classroom to fill in for retirees, but we have not reached a point where athletes will have to pay to play. We won’t lose any administrators, but we’ll lose electives. We’re going to lose some upper level courses (or put them on a rotation), but we’ll keep our expensive attendance policy processes.
Class sizes will balloon once again. Of this, I have no doubt. Fewer FTEs in the building and the student population isn’t changing. This will be ugly.
However, the ugliest thought of all is this: the stimulus money runs out this year. What happens next year?