Source: Fordham Institute

Just like the years leading up to 2008, the last few years have yielded stronger growth in funds for schooling. And just like in 2008, there are signs of trouble ahead. For districts, a fiscal downturn can trigger the equivalent of a debilitating migraine: Pain comes from every direction and little seems to quell it. While we can’t predict how an economic downturn will affect every district, we can anticipate some big-picture trends, and in doing so potentially tweak the script.  Dr. Marguerite Roza outlines these key trends that could help insulate school systems from needless churn, better equipping them to make it through the inevitable downturn ahead without extinguishing public good will.