Report: Education Cuts Have Yet to Heal: How the Economic Recession Continues to Impact Our Nation’s Schools


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 15, 2015 – Today, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released Education Cuts Have Yet to Heal: How the Economic Recession Continues to Impact Our Nation’s Schools. The 16th in AASA’s Economic Survey Series, this report details how schools continue to feel the impact of the nation’s recession and resulting fiscal policies which include sequestration, freezes at the federal level, and cuts and stagnation at the state level.

Seven years after AASA’s initial report about the effect of the economic downturn on school districts, the recession continues to have an influence on school districts. Economic stability remains elusive at the state and local levels, with nearly two-thirds of states providing less funding in the 2013-14 school year than in 2008, the year before the recession started.

“This is the current reality,” the report states. “Despite the end of the recession, federal, state and local education budgets have yet to return to pre-recession levels. That means school districts continue to operate on leaner budgets passed and adopted in a tight economy.”

Results from the survey indicate that it is not the new cuts that are most problematic. Rather, it is the inability of states and local school districts to make their budgets “whole,” to return them to pre-recession levels.

Many critics downplay the impact more money has on educational opportunities. AASA agrees that funding alone is not the silver bullet. According to the report, “We cannot however, when armed with data like this, turn a blind eye to the stark reality that these sustained cuts continue to deny critical resources to schools and the students they serve.”

As Congress works to complete its FY16 appropriations work, the results of this survey make a strong case for commitment to and increased investment in—rather than cuts to—education programs.

Click here to access a copy of Education Cuts Have Yet to Heal. For specific questions about the report, contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at

Visit the AASA website to access reports previously published in AASA’s Economic Survey Series.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit


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