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The state’s budget problems continue to shape and degrade the education available to Davis students. The district is relatively OK for now, thanks to cuts and extra taxes repeatedly OK'd by Davis voters. But the schools face major financial decisions in the new instructional year that starts Aug. 23 – and a lot will depend on the state’s hopeful gamble that California’s economy is improving. On this Davisville, return guest Jeff Hudson – he writes about education for the Davis Enterprise -- discusses the budget and decisions facing the Davis school district in 2011-12. Two of the topics we covered had significant developments after KDRT recorded this interview. The federal government

is easing the No Child Left Behind requirements (see Associated Press writer Dorie Turner’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle, http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-08-09/news/29866688_1_waiver-proposal-st...), and state tax revenue is coming in below projections, increasing the odds that schools will face a fresh round of spending cuts in early 2012 (see Kevin Yamamura’s Sacramento Bee article, http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/10/3827895/californias-july-revenue-drop.html). Tune in to hear how this affects Davis schools. Stick around to the end, and you’ll hear a few upbeat words about Davis’ influence in improving the quality of school lunches.

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