- Madison: enrollment approx. 1150, cuts $275,000 (eliminate the new gym proposal, save $2.9 million, and we cover that shortfall for ten years, maybe more).
- Oldham-Ramona: enrollment 124, cuts $30,000.
- Rutland: enrollment 131, cuts $31,000.
Superintendents John Bjorkman from Oldham-Ramona and Dr. Carl Fahrenwald from Rutland both make the point that there isn't any fat left in their budgets. They've already been cutting academic muscle, eliminating programs like FFA and consumer sciences. Anyone who fantasizes that cutting K-12 funding 5% is just getting rid of darned gum'mint waste needs to visit these superintendents.
Update 08:55 CST: John Nelson juxtaposes the proposed cuts to education with news that kids in Shanghai are kicking our cans on math, science, and reading scores.