Across the United States, declining property values and mortgage foreclosures have led to huge losses in property tax revenues, forcing schools to trim budgets, freeze hiring, and in a few cases, make substantial job cuts -- raising doubts about the future of a range of education programs, USA Today reports. Already, St. Lucie, Fla., schools have lost $22 million in tax revenue from lower property values, and the district is staring at a 25-percent budget cut in the fall. It has frozen salaries and put central office employees on a four-day workweek. Enrollment is down only slightly, but if things...

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