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Education Budget Cuts Hit School District in Delaware

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The $26 million budget cut for public education in Delaware has sent local districts scrambling to see what they can do with less money.

WBOC reports that the Capital School District took an  $1.4 million hit but expects to avoid layoffs even as it balances its budget.

But the President of the Education Board Sean Christiansen told the television station that the cuts could force the district to authorize a referendum – the first in 13 years.

The legislature refused to allow school districts to raise revenue through “a match tax” that would have allowed the school board to offset the $11 million cut in the Education Sustainment Fund.

State Representative Lyndon Yearick (R-Magnolia) said that the state needs to find another way to fund school districts emphasizing local control.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.