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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Early Childhood Education: Lots of Talk, but Not Much Action (Yet)

The Atlantic – Laura Bornfreund & Conor Williams

“Business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations, and Nobel-winning economists—not to mention President Obama—support better preschool. Why hasn’t there been more progress?”(more)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

7 states slashing education spending

USA Today – Thomas C. Frolich and Michael B. Sauter

“According to the latest school spending data compiled by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), seven states have cut per-pupil spending by more than 15% in that time.” (more)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meeting the Demand for More and Better Information on Education Spending

Student First – Charity Hallman

“We live in an age where anyone with a smartphone can access their bank balance, deposit money, or pay a bill within seconds. The demand for more – and better – information is definitely here to stay.” (more)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

State Education Spending Still Lower Than In 2008: Report

Huffington Post – Tyler Kingkade

“Every state except for North Dakota and Wyoming has cut funding for higher education since 2008, and nationwide state spending for public colleges is down 28 percent in the 2013 fiscal year, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.”(more)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Education Gap in India Persists as Challenges Dominate Classrooms

Education News Julia Lawrence

“For the past four years, Rakesh Mani has been a school teacher in one of the poorest districts of Mumbai. The story of his experience…is not only a tale of a growing disparity between the academic attainment of the country’s poor and rich, but also a call to action to fix India’s profoundly broken education system.”(more)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Teacher, leave them kids alone

The Economist – Staff Writer

“The purpose of education is to prepare children for the challenges they face in life. Coping with finance is one of those challenges.”(more)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fact Of The Day #3: U.S. Far From Head Of Class In Effective Education Spending

Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“Wednesday’s “Fact of the Day” demonstrates how the U.S. is still struggling to make the grade when it comes to getting a return on investment in education spending.”(more)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

‘Efficiency’ Key Concept in Improving American Education

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“Inefficient spending is one of the reasons why the doubling of education spending since 1972 hasn’t translated to doubling of student academic achievement.”(more)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Duncan’s equity commission and the ‘rising tide’ of avarice, hostility, testing

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“There’s some history here. Earlier efforts to equalize spending haven’t worked all that well. The early days of Title One of ESEA [Elementary and Secondary Education Act] saw federal dollars that were supposed to be spent on disadvantaged kids going instead to build swimming pools for suburban kids or for ‘teaching machines’ that gathered dust in locked closets. States and local districts — seemingly by instinct — took the federal money and then cut their own spending by that amount, until the feds made that illegal.”(more)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tough Calculus as Technical Schools Face Deep Cuts

The New York Times – Motoko Rich

“The only real alternative to public schools for career training is profit-making colleges and trade schools, many of which have been harshly criticized for sending students deeply into debt without improving their job prospects. A little more than one in 10 students in higher education attend a profit-making institution.”(more)