Amid Teachers' Strikes, At Least 12 States Spend Less on Schools Now Than Before the Recession

Governing: The U.S. economy has largely recovered from the Great Recession, but one segment is still struggling to regain its financial footing: America's public schools.

State funding for public K-12 schools remains lower than before the recession in a number of states, including five where teachers have gone on strike in the last year, according to a new analysis of state budgets and Census data by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank. It examined 12 states that made especially deep cuts after the recession and found that their spending still hasn't caught up.

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