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CdA District Faces $3M Shortfall

The Coeur d'Alene School District is now going over a fiscal cliff school systems nationwide began hitting at the end of 2011 when about $100 billion in federal stimulus funds for education started running out. District 271 has, until now, been able to pull away from the edge by using money from its fund balance reserve, but that revenue option has dried up and the result is a $3 million shortfall school officials have been talking about since last fall. Most of the funds in question came into the district when the federal Education Jobs Act was signed into law in 2010. The money was distributed to states to save teachers' and school employees' jobs and help maintain instructional time for students as state and local revenue funds dried up. Idaho's share was $51 million, and Coeur d'Alene received $1.8 million/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (CSD photo: School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton)

Question: What would you do if you were walking in a school trustee's shoes?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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