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The State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposed budget that cuts ten percent of its funding, tut they also said these cuts would be a big mistake. The biggest cuts would come in grants or funding for local schools, which the Board acknowledges would cause "significant harm" to Connecticut students. Governor Jodi Rell has asked for these cuts, not only from education, but from all state agencies--in anticipation of a deficit that could exceed 6 billion dollars over the next two years.
But unlike other departments, education funding cuts will mean a bigger burden for local school districts, already struggling to fund themselves through a combination of state aid and rising property taxes.
Today, on Where We Live, a look at what the proposed cuts would mean to education in the state and whether this might be a pivotal moment in Connecticut's history--one that points the way toward greater regioinal education programs.
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Listen below for commentary by Robert Reich from NPR