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Betting Big on School Funding and Still Not Winning

Rebecca Sibilia | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Rebecca Sibilia

The Los Angeles Times recently covered an EdBuild report about the California State Lottery, which is presented to the public as a means of generating...

The Conversation I'm Tired Of Not Having

Nathan Bowling | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Nathan Bowling

As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.

Why Arne Duncan is Right on Equity in School Funding

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.16.2015 | Education
Marcus Bright

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a speech at the National Press Club on September 30th that should serve as a powerful call for the country to make a massive shift in the allocation of funding for prisons and schools.

North Carolina's "Education Exodus" Worsens as More Teachers Leave for Better Pay

Logan Smith | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education
Logan Smith

Although politicians claim to support public education on the campaign trail, their actions over the past few years have done absolutely nothing to improve North Carolina schools or give teachers a meaningful pay increase.

Why One Atheist Wants To Hear The Pope Speak In Philly

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

Philadelphia native Max Hodey is an atheist, yet he's going to hear Pope France speak Saturday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Why does a 25-year-ol...

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...

This District Has No Money, So Teachers Are Working Without Pay

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

When teachers at the Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania return to their jobs Wednesday for the first day of school, they will not be makin...

Case With More Than 600 School Districts Suing Texas Goes To State Supreme Court

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors ...

National Leaders Fail In School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.

This Map Shows How Many More Students Are Living In Poverty Than 9 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

Students in America’s schools are much, much poorer than they were nine years ago. In 2006, 31 percent of America’s students attended scho...

How a Property Tax Freeze and Change to School Funding Could Break the Springfield Stalemate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A few weeks back, three Democratic senators talked to reporters in Springfield about a concept that would both freeze property taxes in Illinois for a few years and sunset the state's school funding formula in a few years.

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 ...

Rebecca Klein

This Is Where School Funding Is The Least 'Fair,' According To New Reports | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

In Mississippi's Carroll County school district, there are no advanced placement courses, no foreign language classes and not enough textbooks for chi...

Felony Teaching

Joel Judd | Posted 06.17.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

However much tests cost, they are vastly less expensive than adequately funding education. This is a great advantage to those who favor appearance over substance.

Poor And Rich Schools Still Do Not Receive Equal Resources In Kentucky

AP | ADAM BEAM AND CLAIRE GALOFARO | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- It was late, and Bob Stephens needed a drink. The former chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court was wrestling with an o...

Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools ope...

15 of Illinois' School Districts in the Worst Financial Shape

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Chicago Mayoral Ad Stretches The Truth | Alexander Nacht | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took”...

Your IEP Team Doesn't Hate Your Kid

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Beth J. Caldwell

I can't even begin to count all the parents I spoke to over the years who were convinced that the special education staff at their school hated their child. The parents would ask for something that they believed their child desperately needed, but the staff would refuse to do it, or fail to do it.

Desegregation and the Highway of Justice: How Segregated, Under-resourced Schools Are Failing Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Eric Cooper

New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.

Education Reform Is Making All Public Schools Worse

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

It is a bit like trying to put out a fire in the closet by turning the hoses on the whole damn house. Which would be bad enough, but the policies are pouring gasoline, not water, on the fire.

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.

Illinois Education Funding Needs a Change -- Is SB 16 the Way to Do It?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In theory, state funding is supposed to be the great equalizer, ensuring that students have the same resources regardless of where they live. In practice, it hasn't worked that way.

Illinois Must Use the Lessons of Ferguson to Build a Better State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

Racism in East Ramapo, New York: It's Time to March

Alan Singer | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

I do not make accusations of racism lightly. I am not talking about personal biases. I am talking about institutional practices that appear to be condoned at the highest level in New York State government. Read the post; look at the evidence. It will be hard to disagree.