With the recent events of the government shutdown, many wonder about the state of their government jobs. All national parks, museums, and other government owned places.
But what does this mean for public schools across the country that depends on federal funding?
Because there is no funding, schools are going to see a significant decrease in funding. Of course a lot of this depends on how long the shutdown is, but this could lead to some substantial decrease in funding for items such as technology. If the government shutdown lasts longer than a week, the public schools across the country could see a decrease as much as twenty percent in their funding.
Many school districts view technology as important, but not as important as textbooks, teachers, and other education materials. As a result, technology is usually the first to go when there are budget cuts in the school district.
Even though iPads can seem frivolous for school districts to purchase for learning, it is important to have because that is what the future generations of students will use to learn the materials taught in schools.
Extracurricular programs such as Newspaper and Yearbook classes need to have a successfully taught class. These classes also need laptops and computers, but because they are not a core class they are often the first classes to get their funds cut.
According to mlive.com, twenty percent of public schools get funding from the federal government and as a result of this potential loss of funding the percentage of high school dropouts could increase.
Since the beginning of October, many schools will have a longer time having their loans granted such as Title I that helps aid schools in low-income populations.
Again, these problems will only be present if the shutdown last longer than a week.