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The Corporate Takeover of Public Education

Diann Woodard | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Will they create a world of equal opportunity that is the spirit animating our nation's education professionals? Or will they create a world to their liking in which parents and professional educators will have little or any voice?

Texas Lawmakers Restore Funding For Schools

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas, May 26 (Reuters) - Texas lawmakers on Sunday gave final approval to a two-year budget that restores...

California's Revised Budget Has Good News For Some Schools

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco

By Sharon Bernstein May 14 (Reuters) - California will spend an extra $2.9 billion on public education over the next two years thanks ...

Actually, Failing Our Children Is What's Unflippingbelieveable

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Rather than a debate about whether child rearing should be focused on either parents, the community, or government, the most important questions we need to be answering are how we can improve the lives and outcomes of our nation's children -- at the family, community, and political levels.

Report Finds Big Drop In Funding For Preschool

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than the...

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Katy Hall & Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday evening, 41 Republican senators voted against expanding gun background checks. In doing so, they helped define the legacy of an expansive...

What We Know About Expanded Learning

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

President Obama's 2014 budget proposes an increase to funding for expanded learning opportunities through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. This is an exciting step in the right direction for our low income children and youth.

John Celock

'You Are Robbing Timmy To Pay Johnny'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in North Dakota wants to direct funds to provide milk for low-income students, but Democrats say that he may end up hurting...

Christie's Budget Calls For More School Choice

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. -- With relatively small expenditures, Gov. Chris Christie is using his proposed state budget to push harder for more school choice for ...

Shame on California Districts Seeking to Perpetuate Funding Advantages

John Affeldt | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Affeldt

Kudos to Jerry Brown for proposing to end the inequities in California school funding -- and shame on the districts that seek to fossilize the advantages they have enjoyed for decades now.

Does Austerity In Education Limit Free Speech?

Salon.com | Posted 02.13.2013 | College

On Feb. 6, Yale student activists hosted a panel laying out the case for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel into recog...

No Budget for the Holocaust

Tyler Moss | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Tyler Moss

My favorite class from high school is being cut. I'm devastated -- this was one of the only classes in high school that actually asked me to engage with it beyond the basic book report or Powerpoint presentation. Thus I wrote the following letter.

In Illinois, 'Squeezing' Retirees Is Also Shortchanging Its Youth

Sylvia Puente | Posted 04.06.2013 | Chicago
Sylvia Puente

A solution to this mess will not be found in the proverbial robbing of Peter to pay Paul: Reneging on pension promises made to our civil servants -- retired teachers among their ranks -- is not an acceptable or sustainable way to fulfill our educational funding imperatives.

The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue

Leigh Owens | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

The popular explanation for this assault on public education is that the schools chosen for closure are 'unsuccessful,' or are undeserving the students -- a claim that is mostly based on standardized test scores.

More Than Money: Education Must Be a Priority

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

Policy makers have yet to offer schools concrete solutions of how to run more efficiently on lower funds. Without new solutions, the budget cuts have debilitated our schools and left them unprepared for an influx of new students.

Kansas Cuts To Education Unconstitutional, Court Rules

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Defining and Funding "Need" in Education: Poverty Is Not the Only Indicator

Stephanie Marton | Posted 01.11.2013 | Education
Stephanie Marton

Though the income-based achievement gap is striking, our commitment to such a poverty-centric perspective has led us to overlook other variables that are highly correlated with educational outcomes.

Legislative Action In Education Threatened By Polarized State Governments

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Andrew Ujifusa | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education

State lawmakers will attempt to tackle a range of issues in legislative sessions getting under way this month, from making common academic standards a...

State Senator Proposes Lawmaker Pay Cut To Fund Schools

Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

One Nevada Republican wants his fellow lawmakers to give up part of their pay in the name of public education. Freshman state Sen. Mark Hutchison t...

California Governor Pushes School Funding Overhaul

The Sacramento Bee | Kevin Yamamura | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education

After California schools eliminated art programs and increased class sizes to survive budget cuts, they are finally on the verge of getting more money...

School Funds On Trial Again In 10 States

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Latest Race to the Top Grants Go to States at Bottom of School Funding Equity

David Sciarra | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
David Sciarra

The nation's students urgently need the federal government to begin pressing states to revamp their school finance systems based on the actual cost of delivering rigorous academic standards, including the additional funds required for students in high need districts and schools.

Controversial LA Schools Grant Approval Measure Passes After Fierce Debate

| Hillel Aron | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of LA School Report. A controversial proposal written by Richard Vladovic to give the school board the authority to...

K-12 May Not Benefit From Brighter Fiscal Outlook

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Andrew Ujifusa | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

Despite some positive signs that could help school budgets, states are still facing a shaky financial environment as they head into the new year--a ci...

How to Fix the Student Loan Crisis (for Real This Time)

Adam Levin | Posted 02.11.2013 | Money
Adam Levin

It's time to return student loans to the discipline of the free market. Only then can tomorrow's graduates enjoy the futures they've been promised.