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California Jolt: State Upends How It Funds and Runs Education

Joan McRobbie | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

It's hard to find stories of "upheaval" in the way states structure the machinery of public schooling. Wrangling interests tend to allow only a little...

Financing Public Education

Michael Beyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Three simple solutions anyone can understand: cut costs by reducing redundant administration, increase our tax base, and re-amortize our debt. You might wonder why our political leaders don't even mention these solutions.

Joy Resmovits

Kansas School Funding Ruling May Affect Classrooms Around The Country | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state's funding of public schools to be unconstitutional, a declaration likely to have effects beyond the...

Privileging the Few over the Many in Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Jack Jennings

We need to have policies that help all students to succeed, and not just the few. Ayn Rand and her philosophical followers would have us be concerned only about future "strivers." Our better nature, most religions, and our country's core beliefs call for us to help all.

Joy Resmovits

No Bailout For Black School Districts? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.23.2013 | Detroit

General Motors is alive, and two low-income school districts in Michigan are nearly dead. For them, there is no bailout. As the city of Detroit mad...

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.

Teacher Evaluation Funding Follies

David Bloomfield | Posted 05.14.2013 | New York
David Bloomfield

The current use of student test scores for such decisions is so fraught with unknowns that we do a disservice to all when we pretend they have any statistical utility in personnel decisions. The chief myth underlying this set of political follies is that we know enough to do no harm.

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...

Finance Systems Perpetuate Inequitable Funding Of U.S. Schools

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

According to a report out of the Center for American Progress, inequitable per-pupil spending perpetuated by regressive state and local school-finance...

Reading Between the School Budget Lines

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Even if every school district in America had twice as much money as it does now, it is doubtful that it could properly educate every child with the current financing structure in place.

Stretching the School-District Dollar

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

While tight budgets present plenty of hardships, they also offer local officials a golden opportunity to rethink the way we run schools and boost productivity and efficiency.

Gaylord Subsidy

Joel Judd | Posted 12.03.2011 | Denver
Joel Judd

Gaylord Entertainment proposes building a hotel entertainment complex near DIA; except, first it wants $522m in TIF subsidies over 25 years. Time to stop punching holes in the bucket.

Redefining the Federal Role in Public Education

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to continue to redefine the federal role in public education. The implications to our democracy, our civil rights, and our role as a world leader, require it.