We have all been sort of sitting back waiting to see the effects that the hurricanes have had on our state. We knew that the ripple effects would last for a while, but I've been really concerned/surprised by some of them. We adopt a different subject textbook each year. This year is social studies, but we are hearing that we won't be adopting books because of the money. Also, Louisiana has TOPS which is a great program that allows anyone to go to college. In high school there is a set standard they should meet (easily acheivable grades and manageable classes). TOPS pays tuition at any state university and usually has some left over for books. Now they are talking about cutting that. I hate for that to happen. My niece is a sophmore this year and without TOPS, I don't know that she will be able to go to college. There is also talk of removing the incentive stipend for National Certification. ($5,000 a year). I don't know if I made it this year, but I have to admit, the money was part of the reason I did it. I might accidentally be able to move out of this apartment with the money that I would get. The scariest, though, is the talk of using our teacher retirment. There is a lot in there, but I am really afraid once they raid it, that it will never stop. I know the hurricanes devastated our state and that everyone is going to have to work to pull our state back up. I hate, though, for education to take the brunt of the blow. How are other states dealing with these issues?