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Budget cutbacks put school resources in short supply

on September 12, 2009

Excitement, eagerness, anticipation of new things to come — these are often the feelings we associate with the start of the school year. But this year we’re hearing different, a story that is becoming all too common for teachers across the U.S. Layoffs and budget cuts for public schools in California were announced in the spring and the threat of more cuts looms on the horizon. This week we spoke with a few Oakland teachers on what the recent budget cuts mean for them; for many, it means buying essential classroom supplies with their own money, or not being able to get broken items repaired.

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