PORTLAND, Maine — Maine public school systems are facing a $60 million reduction in state education aid when federal economic recovery money runs out in June. The stimulus money has sustained many districts through the last three years.
The Maine Sunday Telegram says the bleak funding picture could jeopardize about 1,200 school jobs as districts consider cutting teachers and programs, increasing class sizes and closing schools. With additional federal funding cuts, the state Department of Education may not get the $877 million it wants for state education aid.
In Portland, Superintendent Jim Morse says the school district is faced with developing a budget for the coming school year with a $4 million revenue shortfall. In the Farmington area, Superintendent Mike Cormier says the Mount Blue Regional School District is in the midst of “horrible” times.