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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Obama’s 2015 Budget Targets Education for Low-Income Families

Education News – Rebecca Stimmler

“President Barack Obama has announced his administration’s 2015 budget, calling on Congress to approve help for low income families with education, aid the country’s dated schools, fix the nation’s infrastructure, and make certain tax cuts more permanent.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Five Takeaways from Race to the Top Year-Three Reports

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“Today, the U.S Department of Education released Year-Three reports on the 12 states that won funding via Race to the Top’s first two competitions. Here are the five things that jumped out at me.”(more)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Does Spending More on Education Lead to Better Performance?

Darien Patch – Aaron Boyd

“While more funding can help local schools develop new programs and educational opportunities, data from the State Department of Education (SDE) shows that it does not have much effect on how students perform on standardized tests.”(more)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kansas violating state constitution in school funding, court says

Reuters – Carey Gillam

“Kansas is violating the state constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.”(more)

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)