As the budget debates unfold, it's likely that educators will be forced to work with fewer resources. It's unreasonable to expect that they'll be able to do more with less. But part of the negative impact can be mitigated through innovative solutions such as increased use of technology, reductions in overhead costs, consolidation of services, and more freedom for schools to make their own decisions.
Success and failure during these trying times will depend on the full involvement of those who understand education best: teachers. Without their participation, our students will suffer greatly.
Budig is past president/chancellor of Illinois State University, West Virginia University and the University of Kansas, and of Major League Baseball's American League. Heaps is a vice president at the College Board in New York City.