From Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness, United Church of Christ (http://www.ucc.org/justice/public-education):
In times when state and federal budgets are being cut, school districts serving children in poverty that depend on state and federal funding have nowhere to turn except to cut services. Opportunity gaps are the difference in the learning conditions available in public schools for low-income children and the public schools in middle and upper-income communities. Here are two recent articles about how state and federal budget cuts threaten to widen opportunity gaps.
The first is Michael Winerip’s article, “For San Diego Schools, a Fear that Larger Classes will Hinder Learning,” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/education/27oneducation.html?adxnnl=1&src=rechp&adxnnlx=1309190531-Zy87kTFiOQBMD3fY03SgnQ .
The second is from last Friday, “In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians,” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/schools-eliminating-librarians-as-budgets-shrink.html .