I've had the chance to visit multiple high schools throughout western Pennsylvania this fall (with more visits planned) and I've heard similar disappointing messages at almost every one of them.
Teachers and staff are frustrated and demoralized. Budget cuts have caused various programs or extracurricular activities to be scaled back. People who have left have not been replaced.
This is not the way to operate public education in any state. And it certainly isn't the way to get at balancing a state budget.
And as one person told me: "We've already been told that next year will be worse."
Great. Just great.