School Budget Series http://wrvo.org en School Budget Series: An interview with education expert Rick Timbs http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-interview-education-expert-rick-timbs <p>On Tuesday, May 15, voters across New York state will vote on their local school district budgets, and the property tax levies needed to pay for them. WRVO&#39;s Catherine Loper spoke with Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium about the effect this year&#39;s budget cycle will have on schools and the future of education funding in New York.</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 14:20:56 +0000 Catherine Loper 19099 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: An interview with education expert Rick Timbs School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-state-aid-cuts-outpace-declining-enrollments-rural-schools <p>Many rural school districts rely heavily on state aid because of a relative lack of property wealth in their regions, so the past few years of deep state aid cuts have hit them hard. Rural districts also have experienced declining enrollments that have helped dull the pain. But two school districts in southern Jefferson County say the decline in their student populations isn&#39;t keeping pace with the rapid reductions from the state that make up most of their budgets.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 18895 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools School Budget Series: Suburban schools prepare for difficult times http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-suburban-schools-prepare-difficult-times <p>We&rsquo;re less than a week away. On Tuesday, New Yorkers will flock to the polls to vote on their respective school budgets. Tuesday will be the first time budgets will be voted on since New York state adopted the property tax cap that limits the amount districts can levy taxes to their constituents.</p><p>The cap is putting pressure on schools in the suburbs of Syracuse, but pressure is not new &ndash; it&rsquo;s part of a growing trend in budget problems for public schools.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Johnston 18903 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: Suburban schools prepare for difficult times School Budget Series: Urban schools struggle to overcome crowding and poverty http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-urban-schools-struggle-overcome-crowding-and-poverty <p>Urban schools in New York state face a special challenge. These schools need more funding to teach larger numbers of children, many of whom need special services because of poverty. At the same time, they find themselves dependent on local governments that are also going through tough budget times.</p><p> Tue, 08 May 2012 14:25:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 18891 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: Urban schools struggle to overcome crowding and poverty School Budget Series: The statewide school budget situation http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-statewide-school-budget-situation <p>Many school budgets across New York state have been hit hard by the recession. Tax revenues are down at the same time that costs are rising.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 14:41:10 +0000 Catherine Loper 18821 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: The statewide school budget situation