When Shania started third grade at P.S. 148 last fall, she was thrilled to be back at the Queens public school. An outgoing eight-year-old, she said she was happy to be among her friends again, and she had loved her class the previous year. Her second-grade teacher would take the time to explain tricky topics like addition and subtraction one-on-one. She had even been named "student of the month," the Huffington Post reports. But since 2007, as the economy has tanked and expenses for public schools have risen, New York City has made principals cut budgets by 13.7...

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