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Rise & Shine: Total school budget cuts 12 percent in last 2 years

  • Mayor Bloomberg spiked raises to avert teacher layoffs. (GothamSchools, Times, Daily News, WNYC)
  • Teachers spared layoffs were delighted by Bloomberg’s decision. (Daily News)
  • The move hints at the city’s contract negotiating tack. (GothamSchools, Daily News, Wall Street Journal)
  • Schools are also getting their budgets cut by an average of about 4 percent. (GothamSchools, NY1)
  • Parents at PS 251 in Queens wants the school to expand to grades 4 and 5. (Daily News)
  • Students at the Queens school whose water was tainted are now drinking bottled water. (NY1)
  • Chancellor Klein and other big-city school chiefs are urging states to adopt national standards. (Times)
  • Chicago teachers wonder how the strapped system can pay for extended days. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Los Angeles schools are saving some money by cutting classes for disabled students. (L.A. Times)
  • High schools can now legally stage productions of “Phantom of the Opera.” (Wall Street Journal)

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