Parents Upset About State Cuts To Local School Budgets
According to the Alachua County School Board, art teachers, music teachers and media specialists are now on the chopping block.
In what is supposed to be a school-related meeting discussing the fate of the advanced placement programs and the international baccalaurate program at Eastside High School has drawn out parents from all over Alachua County, who want to know the fate of all schools throughout the county this fall. Superintendent Dan Boyd and at least two school board members are also expected to come.
With the first round of budget cuts levied from the state, the School District has planned for a 14 million dollar cut to next school year, which has put funding for school bands on hold for a year. Some magnet programs and many electives like home ec and chorus have already been cut.
But now, a second wave of budget cuts means the school district has to brace for another four pecent reduction from the state, which will mean four to six million dollars less, and now on the line is art, music, and media specialists.
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