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Schools and districts are facing increased budget pressure because of the federal funding cliff, enrollment declines driven by demographic changes, and school choice expansion. As principals and superintendents think about 2024-25 — from master scheduling to preparing budgets — we asked Matt Springer to write a series of briefs for us about research-based best practices. We watched — and learned from — Superintendent Trevor Putnam in Haywood County Schools who had to make hard decisions last year when his budget pressure was increased because the closing of a paper mill — the state’s largest layoff in 2023. Additional articles from Springer are forthcoming.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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