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Philadelphia Schools Are Closer To Getting Help From Cigarettes

AP | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's school system drew nearer to a badly needed infusion of cash with a unanimous Pennsylvania House committee vot...

Rebecca Klein

There Are A Lot More Adults Working In Schools Lately, And Most Of Them Are Not Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

The number of adults working in public schools has exploded over the past several decades, and it's not necessarily because there are many more teache...

For the Love of Classroom Tech

Todd Felderstein | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Todd Felderstein

As today's science affects our lifestyles exponentially, many districts now have line items in their budgets that reflect the changing landscape of high-tech learning. Is it justified? Will students continue to learn using yesterday's methods in preparation for a wireless, paperless future? Can they?

Time to $hop for $chool $upplies!

Greg Schwem | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Greetings, parents! It's hard to believe the new school year is upon us. It seems like only yesterday your children left for vacation and we began our annual summer ritual of slashing budgets, eliminating gifted programs, firing art and music teachers.

NY Spends More Money On Students Than Any Other State

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.24.2013 | New York

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its latest per-pupil spending report, and for New York, the results were not surprising. In line with data...

Nevada School District Proposes Elimination of Written Translation Services for Special Education Students

Michaela Pommells | Posted 05.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

The increasing diversity of U.S. students and their families demonstrate the need to develop innovative strategies to encourage meaningful parental involvement. When weighing budget pressures, eliminating ways to engage parents is a step in the wrong direction.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

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...

Joy Resmovits

Are We Spending Too Little On Standardized Tests?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

Matt Chingos has an idea that will likely roil the scores of parents and teachers who think the U.S. tests its students too much: we might actually sp...

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...

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...

Parents Ask School Board: 'Please Tax Me'

Posted 11.15.2012 | Education

Parents in Beaverton, Ore. are asking the school board to tax them more. One year after Beaverton voters rejected a local option levy that would ha...

Pittsburgh Public Schools To Vote On Resolution Opposing Sequestration

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Eleanor Chute | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board is preparing to vote on a resolution opposing sequestration, which Superintendent Linda Lane said would have a "pr...

Scott Walker Cuts To Teacher Benefits Offset Much Of School Aid Losses

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jason Stein | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education

MADISON -- Cuts to teachers' benefits championed by Gov. Scott Walker offset about two-thirds of the reductions to school revenue resulting from his b...

Alabama School Board's First Post-Recession Budget Seeks $415M Increase

Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

In its first post-recession public schools budget proposal, the Alabama Board of Education approved Thursday a recommendation to funnel $4.1 billion t...

How Americans Voted On Key State Funding Measures For Schools

Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

Tuesday was a big day for voters, and not just in the general election. With one eye on the country's next president, voters in several states wer...

Extending the Reach: Paying Teachers More Within Budget

Posted 12.24.2012 | Education

Both presidential candidates have spoken to the importance of great teachers and their appreciation for influential educators -- a lot. But even as...

Texas School Finance Case To Focus On Demographics Shift

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — A boom in Texas' Hispanic population, coupled with starkly higher poverty rates for minorities statewide, could so hurt future h...

600 Texas School Districts Sue State For 'Unconstitutional' Funding

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 12.22.2012 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorneys representing around 600 school districts argued Monday that Texas' school financing system is so "hopelessly broken" t...

Majority Of Wisconsin's School Districts Getting Less Funding This Year

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

About two-thirds of Wisconsin's school districts will see a drop in state funding this year, marking the second of a two-year, $834 million education ...

Chicago Schools' Credit Rating Cut Yet Again Amid Budget Pressure In New Strike Deal

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

* Fitch downgrade adds to negative rating actions * Cites increased budget pressure in wake of teacher pact * Move follo...

Chicago School Credit Rating Cut After Teachers Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

Sept 27 (Reuters) - The credit rating for the Chicago Board of Education was cut to A2 from A1 by Moody's Investors Service on Thurs...

Cost Of Educating Students With Special Needs Disproportionately Left To Traditional Public Schools

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES -- The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students in...