Some sadness that comes with the recession is cutbacks to educational awareness:
Among the expected cuts, reported by USA Today, are Tennessee's allocation of $128,300 for the state's Commission on Holocaust Education; the executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Paul Winkler, said he expects the state to cut 20 percent of his annual $250,000 budget; Stephanie Hartman of Nevada's Holocaust Education Task Force said she believes her state's Governor's Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust is slated to decline $70,000 a year for the next two years; and Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council vice chairman Christopher Gwin said his council does not expect to receive its usual $60,000 budget from state coffers this year.One of the Katrina success stories can be found here.
"We are kind of on notice that we are either going to have to re-establish ourselves with the state or be looking for our funding elsewhere," the Tennessee Commission's chairwoman, Felicia Anchor, told USA Today.
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