When a small public school in Skokie, Illinois, closes its doors this fall, many will be leaving for new schools or jobs.
But a large public school system in the Midwest will not.
And there are reasons for that.
Public schools, which were created in the aftermath of the Great Depression, are among the most expensive public services in the nation.
They pay for many of the things students need to do, including attending school, going to school, taking classes, and doing extracurricular activities.
So, public school employees are well compensated and well compensated for the work they do.
But when they are gone, the schools can’t keep up.
In 2014, a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures concluded that public school teachers are underpaid in America and that teachers have a higher turnover rate than other school employees.
The report found that in 2012, the average teacher lost more than one year of pay because of the recession, with the average salary falling by more than 50 percent.
The federal government, too, has been reluctant to extend support for public school educators.
But there are signs that the public schools can adapt to the changing nature of their work.
The Department of Education is in the process of issuing guidance to state governments on how to fund public schools.
To help keep them afloat, state and local governments are paying public school districts for some of their services, such as uniforms and textbooks.
That helps pay for everything from teacher salaries to supplies for schools.
The federal funding is only part of the story.
Many public schools are also facing financial difficulties.
Many are facing financial pressures from the Great Recession and other economic downturns, especially for the poorest students.
Some public schools in some states are also closing or shutting down.
In Illinois, for example, a public school district in the city of Chicago will close for good this fall.
In 2016, the federal government set aside $1.5 billion for states and localities to make up for the loss of teachers.
It is not clear how much of that money will be available for schools to pay their teachers.
The Education Department said it is “working to address the needs of schools and other community organizations that have been impacted by the Great Jobs Act and its $2.5 trillion workforce investment.”
States and local districts that have already made the cuts that could lead to cuts in funding for schools can apply for funds from the federal program.
The Trump administration said it will work with states to make those payments.
But the Trump administration has also announced that it will not be able to provide a single dollar of federal money to states or localities that are facing severe budget pressures.
The Trump administration, which has spent $9 billion of taxpayer dollars to fight opioid overdoses and fund Medicaid expansion, will not provide federal support for states that face severe budget shortfalls.