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'Going to see massive cuts': Without more coronavirus relief, schools slash budgets, prep layoffs


The West Bloomfield School District in suburban Detroit has clear plans for fall: One option has students learning at home three days a week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, buildings deep cleaned routinely and buses carrying smaller loads and running more frequently.

What's less clear for West Bloomfield – and for most other districts in America – is how to pay for the plans.

The country's unprecedented economic pause to slow the spread of the coronavirus has depleted sales and income tax revenue for states, and, in turn, for schools. Preliminary estimates predict jaw-dropping state budget holes that some education funding experts warn could cost in the range of 300,000 teaching jobs.


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