Students heading back to school in the next few weeks will find fewer teachers, larger classes, cuts in language, music and sports, and higher fees for the programs that remain.
A few districts are closing schools.
Statewide school organizations say up to half the communities in Massachusetts are eliminating some services for students.
WBUR's Martha Bebinger begins our story about the squeeze in school budgets in the southeastern Massachusetts town of Dartmouth.
This program aired on August 22, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.