All week, we’ve watched as, one after another, area schools welcomed back older students and initiated the little ones into the joys of learning.
It’s an exciting time of year for children, teachers and administrators - and no less so, Mom and Dad.
For some, especially the teens and almost-teens, the hardest part was getting up in time to meet the school bus. For others, it was choosing the right outfit, after a hectic week of back-to-school shopping.
The easiest part? Reuniting with friends they hadn’t seen since June (though, in the age of smart-phones, the older ones were surely in touch for most of the summer, no matter the distance they traveled.)
These opening days are filled with anticipation and, for administrators, apprehension because, yes, this is one more institution affected by the state’s budget woes.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he would reduce grants to school districts by 28 percent in October if no state budget has been adopted and would shift funding away from wealthy and middle-income communities and into poorer ones. That’s good news for New Britain and Bristol but what about other area towns?
Still, as bad as projected deficits might be, we can’t help thinking that the worst consequence is the uncertainty that school administrators face, not knowing if they will have cut budget items, lay off teachers or increase class sizes.
We recognize that these are hard decisions for legislators, who are struggling to find consensus, but it could be even harder for those who will have to live with the results. Either way, we’re guessing, they would prefer to do it sooner, rather than later.