June 10th, 2009

Mapping Budget Cuts Across the U.S.

Cities of all sizes are making cuts in education funding in this recession. In NYC and LA some web-savvy organizations are creating maps to track school- specific developments in real time.

la mapIn NYC, principals are being asked to cut nearly 5 percent of their school budgets for next year and they have until June 18 to decide what to cut.

Gotham Schools, a NYC education blog, created an interactive Google map where teachers and community members can weigh in on what programs are really at risk for schools across the city. Anyone can add comments, information to document what’s on the chopping block at their particular school.

Los Angeles is facing devastating budget deficits as well.  So a group called “Cuts Hurt Kids” has a produced an interactive map for users to document grassroots resistance — which includes hunger strikes — to LAUSD budget cuts.

If you live in either of these cities and have information on budget cuts to schools in your area, think of adding info to these resources.

Gotham Schools [map]
Cuts Hurt Kids [map]

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