State law requires school districts to finalize their budgetsby April 1. At this point, the problem is that those budgets will all likelychange if and when the General Assembly does pass a budget. Down to the penny,school leaders had calculated whatthey'd be receiving assuming one of thevarious budget proposals floating around would pass.Many of them settled on something they deemed safe, orin the middle. Several schooldistricts are callling the budgets they did pass tentative budgets.One school official I talked to said this isn't the first time theGeneral Assembly didn't pass a budget in its regular session. The new budget takes effect on July ONE and schoolyears start just 6 to 8 weeks later, so many school officials are hoping the budget impasse ends sooner than later. This funding is obviously important, but why more thisyear? Regardless of the budget that's passed,many of the districts in the WDBJ7 viewing area are set to receive less money for the fourthor fifth straight year. So this really isn't aquestion of how much more moneythey'll be working with, but how much less.