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School districts concerned about potential for funding cuts

COVID enrollment losses could reduce state funding
School funding concerns
Posted at 8:23 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:30:01-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — School leaders across Texas are urging the state not to reduce funding for districts that have lower enrollments because of COVID-19.

The state waived those types of cuts for the first semester of this school year, but it expires in two weeks.

Corpus Christi ISD Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez is among dozens of school leaders who want to see the waiver extended for next semester, to prevent operational and educational cuts.

The possibility of cuts has many parents concerned.

“It worries us as parents, because of all the stuff that's happened,” CCISD parent Anna Garcia said. “It’s affecting our kids' education if it's going to be like that."

Other parents add that the potential of cutbacks from the state is alarming.

“If it means funding is going to be low or cutbacks, that is something to worry about," said CCISD parent Alice Rodriguez.

Two education agencies representing the state's biggest districts say combined, they've lost more than 83,000 students since the pandemic began.

The CCISD is wrapping up a survey on how the district is doing.

Educators want to create a plan of action for the district's future and they want the input of everyone on the question.

The survey is available here and closes at 4:30 p.m. today.

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