During the economic downturn after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, half the states still managed to avoid major school aid cuts – but this time, up against the worst economic crisis in decades, schools are not immune, Stateline.org reports. Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, and South Carolina are among states that cut into elementary and secondary education budgets for the current school year. In November, North Carolina schools were forced to return $58 million to help cover an expected shortfall. Alabama, California, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington also expect to reduce school funding this year. Alabama schools could face the


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