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Projections leave budgets in flux

Each year, schools play the enrollment game, hoping the district’s projections are on target. If they are too low, schools find themselves scrambling to have enough teachers and staff ready to go on day one. In these four schools, 2007 projections were off—either too high or too low. Here’s how administrators coped with the faulty projections.