According to published reports, the education system in the U.S. is likely to take some twists and turns, following an economic downturn that roiled financial markets stemming from the subprime housing crisis.
With teacher layoffs, economic difficulty in schools, and larger classrooms with higher student to teacher ratios becoming the norm in many schools, the recession has already taken a toll on American students.
Among the most impacted is the state of California with its large population and minority groups. California’s budget crisis is forcing cuts across its classrooms, and its students are suffering, cite reports.
A survey done by University of California Los Angeles’ Institute of Democracy, Education and Access polled 87 principals from elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state to examine the effects of the recession on the welfare of students and their learning environments.
Incidentally, ahead of the recession, California’s K-12 public schools were some of the nation’s topmost since the 1960s. However, the recession has taken these premier schools near rock bottom in the country in terms of academics.