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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Obama Administration’s 2015 K–12 Budget Request

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“The Obama administration has just released its 2015 budget proposal. Here are its most notable K-12 edu-features.”(more)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“Budget cuts leave about half of L.A. Unified’s elementary and middle schools without librarians, and thousands of students without books.”(more)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

School Improvement Grants: The Disaster Continues

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“As you might remember, several months ago, the Department released second-year results, meaning two years of data from cohort-one SIG schools and one year of data from cohort-two schools. But they had to retract the data because of mistakes made by a contractor.”(more)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Suit claims New York state shortchanged city schools during recession

Reuters – Bernard Vaughan

“An education advocacy group sued the state of New York on Tuesday for more than $1 billion in promised school funding, saying the state had failed to live up to its responsibility to offer students a “sound basic education” due to budget cuts.”(more)

Philadelphia School Chief Faces Down Budget Cuts and Crises

The New York Times – JON HURDLE

“He laid off almost 4,000 workers to close a $304 million budget gap and threatened to keep school doors locked until officials found stopgap money to ensure what he considered a basic level of security for students. He says he was just warming up.”(more)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Obama gets $750M in pledges from Apple, others to get kids online

The Mercury News – Nedra Pickler

“Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.”(more)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Analysis Points to Growth in Per-Pupil Spending—and Disparities

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa and Michele McNeil

“In the 50 years since the War on Poverty began, school spending has skyrocketed, but so have disparities in how much states dedicate to K-12 education.”(more)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What the Federal Budget Deal Means for STEM, Literacy, and Arts Education

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Last week, as you may know, Congress reached an agreement on the 2014 appropriations bill…For those most interested in what the budget means for literacy, STEM education, and arts education, here are some quick highlights.”(more)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The great college aid game: Ways students can avoid full sticker price

The Christian Science Monitor – Barbara Kantrowitz

“For five New Rochelle High School seniors who have applied to colleges, January has been spent facing a new pile of forms – for financial aid. Most students never pay full tuition, but it takes savvy help to make that happen.”(more)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Federal Spending Plan Aims to Ease ‘Sequester’ Pain

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“The massive spending bill passed by Congress and sent to President Barack Obama this week aims to largely restore federal aid for most schools after the biggest cuts to K-12 funding in history, while including a more than $1 billion down payment on the Obama administration’s proposal to ramp up existing early-childhood programs.”(more)