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HISD Trustees Approve Huge Cut Per-Student

Facing an estimated 171-million dollar budget shortfall Houston School Trustees have approved a huge cut in per-student funding. Rod Rice reports.

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The Trustees approved cutting per student spending to just under 33-hundred dollars.  It’s an 8% cut that means HISD will spend $257.00 less per student next school year.  HISD’s Jason Spencer says how to deal with the cut is up to individual school leaders.

“Based on this funding level they’ll figure out how many teachers, how many support staff, how many programs they can continue next fall. It’s going to mean fewer employees at every school next year.”

The per student cut amounts to a saving of 58-million dollars.

Spenser says trustees also will consider shutting down four schools, but that decision is not yet final.

“What the board decided last night was that we would go forward with gathering public input, and further evaluating whether we can keep operating four of our smaller elementary schools next fall. Those schools are Grimes, Love, McDade and Rhoads.”

In a non budget decision, trustees approved extending this school year by one day to make up for the day schools were closed in Houston due to icy conditions.  The last day of classes for Houston schools this year will now be June 3rd.

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