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Cutting through the education funding smoke and mirrors

Here’s a budget story [1] from the Associated Press that cuts through all the smoke and mirrors about what the final budget compromise really means for education.

When the loss of $259 million in federal money used to hire 5,400 local school personnel is taken into account, the 115 districts combined would have $189 million less to work with next year, according to data provided by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan fiscal staff. Democrats said the decline is the equivalent of 3,400 education positions.

That’s pretty clear. Schools have a lot less money to educate kids thanks to this Republican budget.