December 17th, 2009

WATCH: The Impact Of The Recession On Arizona Schools

Rising unemployment, home foreclosures and more people on food stamps are only the most obvious signs that the recession rages on. In these tough times public schools are feeling the pinch too. To find how they’re coping we visited two elementary schools in hard hit Arizona, which ranks 50th in the nation in per pupil spending. What we found was inspiring & surprising. But with more cuts coming will that be enough?

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You can view a bonus video, about the curious case of Sopori Elementary:

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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John Merrow speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Fagen — one of the youngest school superintendents in America, in Tucson, Arizona — about how her schools are weathering the great recession. Listen to the story.

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