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Education Funding

Republican Road Funding Plan Deals Another Blow to Democracy

Dale Hansen | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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,...

Taming TABOR

Joel Judd | Posted 10.23.2014 | Denver
Joel Judd

Talking about taming TABOR. Last month Colorado's economists projected a 2016 TABOR surplus. This provokes alarm in some and delight in others while ...

Many Schools Still Getting Much Less Funding Than They Were Several Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains depressing news for schools. According to the report, at least 30 states are pro...

Evidence to the Rescue! Whole School Option for SIG

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The U. S. Department of Education has just released draft regulations that will substantially change School Improvement Grants (SIG). Within the doc...

Reading by Third Grade - Or Else

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Given the well-founded concern about third grade reading, you'd imagine that policymakers would be rushing to implement proven approaches. But the reality is otherwise.

Rebecca Klein

How Two Of America's Biggest Cities Are Short-Changing Low-Income Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

In recent years, the public education systems in Philadelphia and Chicago have seen mass personnel layoffs, school closures and frequent budget crises...

Christina Wilkie

Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advan...

Funding Disparity Highlights Inequality Between District, Charter Students

Mashea Ashton | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Equity should mean real equality for everyone. Most of all, education reform should be aimed at creating an education system that serves all students, and gives everyone a quality education that prepares them for college and a rewarding career.

The Elite's Politics Are Squelching Everyone Else's Right to Culture

Jon Wisman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Jon Wisman

This heist by the rich has finally drawn the attention of the media, academics and politicians. But the fact that their politics is also taking away the non-elite's access to culture has barely drawn notice.

Bring Back Our Girls and Fund Education Now

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

At this pace, we'll definitely fall well short of the commitment made in 2000 by world leaders to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Six Low-Cost or Free Ways to Make American Education the Best in the World

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

It does not take a political genius to know that for the foreseeable future, American education is not going to be rescued by a grand influx...

Higher Ed Cuts, Tuition Hikes Worsen Low-Income Students' Struggles

Michael Mitchell | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

Annual published tuition -- the "sticker price" -- at four-year public colleges has risen by $1,936, or 28 percent, since the 2007-08 school year, after adjusting for inflation. This has accelerated longer-term trends of reducing college affordability and shifting costs from states to students.

Joy Resmovits

Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools on average, according to a new report -- but some experts say that the funding g...

Title I: Where the Evidence Revolution Will Happen

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Sooner or later, schools throughout the U.S. and other countries will be making informed choices among proven programs and practices, implementing t...

Scaling Up Education: Finding New Financing Methods

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It looks like funding for education aid is always going to be a source of controversy. Disbursed aid levels for education in developing countries are barely reaching one-third of what governments have committed to.

Will You Use the New Illinois State Lottery App?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

So what do you think, lottery players? Is this the development that will please all those letter-to-the-editor writers who expect the lottery to pay for the state's education needs?

Arizona Prefers Prison Over Education

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Christina M. Martínez

$1 million to private prison would hurt AZ kids. Budget cuts. Not enough money. Spending cutbacks. If you live in Arizona, you've probably heard ...

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to he...

Restoring Opportunity

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I just read a fascinating book, Restoring Opportunity, by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. It describes the now-familiar problems of growing inequa...

Governor Corbett's Election Year Shifts Prove PA Voters Have Rejected Conservative Solutions

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I am a little suspicious about the timing of all of these moves and wonder if it works and he is reelected, will he continue to follow the will of the voters or go back to his conservative ways?

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluat...

Investing in Education...Creating Opportunity

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Growing and strengthening our increasingly diverse middle class has been the North Star of everything we have done as an administration. There is no greater ladder into the middle class than education.

Hearts, Wallets, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone knows that effective education is one of the best means of preventing all sorts of social ills. Yet when educational effectiveness reduces ...

States With The Best (And Worst) Schools

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. ...