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Sequestration effects: 59 percent of districts cut professional development

from Education Week

Perhaps the cuts weren't quite as bad as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan predicted, but sequestration is still hitting classrooms as districts begin the 2013-2014 school year. According to a new survey from the American Association of School Administrators, districts are dealing with automatic, across-the-board trigger cuts of federal education funding by slicing professional development (59 percent of districts), eliminating personnel (53 percent), increasing class size (48 percent), and deferring technology purchases (46 percent). The data come from 541 survey respondents from 48 states, questioned by AASA earlier this summer. more

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