COVID’s Impact on School Budgets

It’s being felt in Knox County, as the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:

Knox County Schools’ budget is expected to be down by $4.4 million for next school year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Around a third of the school district’s budget comes from sales tax revenue, which has dropped significantly because of COVID-19, said Ron McPherson, assistant superintendent and chief financial officer. In total, the district had to cut about $10 million in order to balance the budget, he said.

The projected budget for the 2021 fiscal year is $503.8 million, down from $506.7 million for the 2020 fiscal year, Superintendent Bob Thomas announced last week at a virtual community budget meeting. The school board will vote on the proposed budget on Wednesday.

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April 20th

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced all schools there will be closed until April 20th in response to COVID-19. He says in press conference that they may not reopen this school year.

Meanwhile, some Tennessee school districts are extending Spring Break to address the issue.

And, the Commissioner of Education in Tennessee is insisting that the state’s failed TNReady tests continue.

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