Headcounts are down at public schools. Now budgets are too.

              FILE — Houston Independent School District Superintendent Millard House II answers questions from the media, in Houston, May 21, 2021. In Houston, the largest district in Texas, enrollment tumbled by more than 22,000 to around 183,000 in fall 2021 and only about half of those students have returned. House has asked departments to cut $60 million from next year's budget. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
              FILE — Students exit iPrep Academy on the first day of school, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami. Amid the upheaval, some states have gained students. Florida was among the leaders, according to the data-tracking site Burbio. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
              FILE — Students at Highland High School assemble for a rally on the first day of the fall semester in Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 11, 2021. Albuquerque Public Schools announced this spring that it anticipates a budget shortfall of about $25 million. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)
              FILE — Dozens of striking educators picket outside Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis, March 8, 2022. In Minneapolis Public Schools, where a nearly three-week long teacher strike ended with a new contract, the district said it needed to make $27.1 million in budget cuts in the upcoming school year to pay for it. (Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP)
              FILE — Joy Harrison instructs her second graders at Carl B. Munck Elementary School, in Oakland, Calif,, Aug. 11, 2021. Oakland is closing seven schools. (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)
Headcounts are down at public schools. Now budgets are too.