California's public schools have experienced deep cuts in funding since 2007-2008. San Francisco Unified School District, a district that serves around 55,000 students, saw its general operating funds drop by 10 percent since 2008-2009, even though there was an increase of 400 students in district enrollment.Read more at New American Media
Visitacion Valley Middle School is feeling the pain. According to SFUSD, the school's annual budget increased from $2.5 million last year to $2.8 million this year. But average spending per student actually fell by $750 due to a projected 20 percent increase in student enrollment.
Located in the southeastern part of San Francisco, where housing is cheaper, Visitacion Valley serves largely low-income and immigrant -- primarily Asian -- students. More than 85 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced price meals.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Teachers do more with less
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