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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.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.

Give Them More Time, and a Home Away From Home

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The argument I'm making is more basic: simply having more time in the school building can protect students from whatever is waiting beyond school walls.

DPS Awarded $4 Million Grant From Gates Foundation

Posted 02.04.2013 | Denver

Denver Public Schools was awarded approximately $4 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation awarded a total of $25 milli...

Ruling Expected On Constitutionality Of Nation's Largest Voucher Program

Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

A Louisiana district court judge is expected to rule this week on the constitutionality of the state's controversial school voucher program. Baton ...

Duncan: Onion Piece On Stripping Was 'Secret Plan B If We Lost The Election'

Posted 01.21.2013 | Education

The Onion is out today with some breaking news: "Secretary of Education forced to take up stripping to put nation through school." Wouldn't that be...

Financial, Educational Insolvency Looms For New York Schools

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

More than half of New York's superintendents say they won't be able to keep up with student instruction mandates, and 41 percent say it'll only be two...

Enrollment In Indiana Voucher Program Skyrockets In 2nd Year

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

Enrollment in Indiana's school voucher program has more than doubled in the program's second year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday...

Mississippi Budget Pushes For Literacy, Merit Pay Over Pre-K

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi will probably not fund or create public pre-kindergarten op...