Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.
Scott Walker-Style Merit Pay? Speaking at a Friday convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he wants the state to begin a program that would pay partially teachers in accordance with their ratings, reports the Badger Herald. "One of the things we're looking to do going forward is to put additional resources into public education over the next two years in this budget in a variety of different ways is in part ... put money behind performance," Walker said. "How can we provide an incentive bonus?"
Change can only happen through education. And, because of that, I am a defender and supporter of education in my roles as teacher, mom, PTA leader, and community member.
What we know after 20 years is that overall charter schools are no better than public schools. A great deal of evidence exists that, on average, they are worse.
A plan to reform public education in Cleveland, Ohio arrived at the statehouse with the hard-won backing of an astonishing cross- sector, bipartisan coalition.
The program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.
Virtual schools are great at making money, but they can't seem to educate kids. Everywhere they've been tried -- Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas -- they've failed to meet minimum standards and done worse than the real-world public schools that most kids attend.
Instead of just setting a bar for teachers to reach, Peer Assistance and Review programs create teacher-led coaching and support systems to ensure that educators can meet expectations and continue to grow throughout their careers.
Our young people are members of a lost generation -- raised in a world where life has little to no value, the almighty dollar takes precedence and values are taught by primetime sitcoms and Saturday morning cartoons.
As Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the U.S., it's critical that we invest in the institutions that are building up this skilled workforce in America.
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