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Education Funding

Higher Ed Funding Cuts, State by State

Michael Mitchell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

With state legislative sessions beginning across the country, it's a good time to remind lawmakers that funding for public two- and four-year colleges remains well below pre-recession levels in almost every state.

Leveraging ESSA Funding to Help More Students Read

Michael Lombardo | Posted 01.15.2016 | Education
Michael Lombardo

Reading is the cornerstone of all learning. Students who are able to master the fundamentals of reading in the critical years between kindergarten and the fourth grade are better equipped to progress in their studies and succeed in all subjects: science, math, social studies, and the arts.

Student Success Depends on State Leadership, Stronger Teacher Prep

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

With both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate having approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to No Child Left Behind, Congress has clearly demonstrated that the success of school improvements depends largely on state leadership.

Top 25 School Districts in Illinois with Highest Projected Deficit, Surplus Spending

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With fewer state dollars being appropriated for K-12 education funding, deficit spending by Illinois school districts has risen sharply in recent year...

Funding Public Education Through Fundraisers

Michael Beyer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

When I began at Ogden everyone warned me about the parents. They were described as the most extreme breed of helicopter parents. They were not only helicopter parents, they owned helicopters! Within four months, I found quite the opposite.

Closing the Funding Gap, Promoting the Innovation Chain

Joseph Klafter | Posted 09.22.2015 | College
Joseph Klafter

Leading universities are responding to an increasingly competitive environment for both public and private sector funding by doing what they do best: utilizing their entrepreneurial know-how and implementing novel strategies to reinvent themselves as centers of innovation.

Celebrities Rally Around Initiative That Provides Funding For Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are giving up their Friday night to raise money for schools. On Friday evening, a star-studded cast will be partici...

Teachers Spend Way Too Much Of Their Own Money On School Supplies, And Here's Proof

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents

It's not DeAnn Moran's responsibility to buy supplies for her second-grade students when their parents and schools do not. But she has consistent...

A Commodore Computer From The 1980s Is Still Heating Schools In Michigan

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

The maintenance supervisor for the Grand Rapids Public Schools system in Michigan remembers when the district purchased a Commodore Amiga computer in ...

A Nation Adrift

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Improving teaching and learning in the classroom should have been the focus of attention, not tests and charter schools. "Fast and dirty" solutions, such as pressuring teachers to raise test scores, were a mistake.

Kansas Supreme Court Puts A Hold On $50 Million For Education

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas' highest court Tuesday put on hold a lower court's order for the state to immediately increase aid to public schools by ro...

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

Poll Shows That A Tax Increase Can Be Popular, Even Among Republicans

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

A recent survey in Nevada suggests that if framed a certain way, a tax increase can actually be quite popular. In a poll flagged on Friday by journ...

Why Kids Need Music in Their Life

Jared Joffe | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Jared Joffe

There have been some amazing quotes about music over the years, but my favourite comes from Victor Hugo. The famous French poet once said: "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

Daniel Marans

GOP Governor's Plan To Shift Funds From Schools To Pension Turns Out To Be Illegal | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s recently announced plan to funnel $68 million meant for Maryland public schools into the state pension fund cannot be ...

Daniel Marans

Maryland Schools To Get Stiffed, Says Governor | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Thursday that he will not be releasing $68 million allocated by the state legislature for education, of which ...

Voting 'No' on Proposal 1 Is Good for Michigan

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

There is little doubt that Michigan needs much of what Proposal 1 offers, but enough is enough. Liberals need to stop taking what they can get and start demanding what they deserve, and the only way to make sure that happens is to replace as many of the corporate-sponsored Republicans as possible. Voting "no" on Proposal 1 is the first step.

Breaking News: Education Creates Economic Stability!

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

In today's political environment, what was once common sense now requires empirical evidence. Education, more than any single factor, allows individuals the ability to get better jobs and provide for themselves and their families.

Stay Angry

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

We are angry. A lot of people are angry. But the anger is a symptom. A symptom of something larger. A symptom of an education system for which no one feels accountable, a symptom of a society that is mostly indifferent to the children we serve.

Education Funding Taking Hits Nationwide

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Institutions of higher learning are caught between a rock and hard place. On one hand, keeping tuition affordable presents greater opportunities and attracts more students, but it limits colleges and universities financially as the downward trend in state funding continues.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

With an Eye on the Future

Rep. Mark Takano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Takano

Full-throated support for public education should be a no-brainer for Democratic candidates. They should tout their support for neighborhood schools, while pointing out how their Republican opponents want to slash funding and resources.

Michigan Republicans Need to Stop Lying About Classroom Funding

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

In the end the fact that people like Ari Adler continue to push the narrative that Michigan Republicans are spending more money on education tells you all you need to know about how devastating this loss of hundreds if not thousands of dollars for the classroom are.

Republican Road Funding Plan Deals Another Blow to Democracy

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.15.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

For more than a decade now, the Michigan Legislature has failed to properly fund the Department of Transportation, which has resulted in a steady decline in the quality of Michigan's roads.

John Oliver Breaks Open The Biggest Lie About Lotteries

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy

Anyone who's ever bought a lottery ticket needs to see John Oliver's explanation of how it all works. First, there are the remote odds of winning,...