Del. schools ordered to cut budgets

April 13, 2008 6:52:54 AM PDT
State budget officials have asked Delaware's district superintendents and charter school leaders to identify 8 percent of their budgets that could be cut for the upcoming fiscal year.

If the school districts have to implement the cut, hundreds of teachers could be laid off, students might not get new textbooks and after-school programs could be scaled back.

State Office of Management and Budget Director Jennifer "JJ" Davis has also asked state agency directors, colleges and universities and Cabinet secretaries to identify 8 percent cuts. Declining revenues are the reason for the budget tightening.

Davis says the General Assembly has to find $250 million to cut from the entire state budget - one-third of which belongs to public education.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,