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Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Voice: The preschool advantage

The Desert Sun – Staff Writer

“Another good compromise is a relatively modest investment in preschool. Democrat Darrell Steinberg, in his last year as leader of the state Senate, proposed universal preschool in California schools. But with a $1.5 billion price tag when the program is fully rolled out, Brown made it clear the plan wouldn’t make it past his veto pen.” (more)

California lawmakers approve budget to fund rail, preschool

Reuters – Jennifer Chaussee

“California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion budget on Sunday, sending the plan that includes funding for a controversial high-speed rail project and preschool education for low-income children to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown to be signed.” (more)

Friday, June 13, 2014

California budget agreement is biggest expansion to early education in a decade

KPCC – Deepa Fernandes

“Some of California’s tiniest residents look likely to be big winners in next year’s state budget. Lawmakers worked late into Wednesday night to hash out line items that included funding for about 13,000 new slots in subsidized preschools and day care programs.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

“Death Spiral” – Harvard Professor Predicts Up To Half Of US Universities May Fail In 15 Years

Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden

“Soaring student debt, competition from online programs and poor job prospects for graduates are shrinking the applicant pools for many universities and, as Bloomberg reports, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities warns “there will clearly be some institutions that won’t make it…through these difficult steps.” Rather stunningly, Moody’s found that expenses are outpacing revenue at 60 percent of the schools it tracks even as many try to slash their way to balanced budgets,” and concluded “what we’re concerned about is the death spiral… this continuing downward momentum for some institutions.””(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It’s a mistake to cut back on foreign language

The Citizen-Press – Lilly Brown

“Recently, administrators for the Iowa City Community School District announced plans to make budget cuts to avoid going into deficit spending for the next fiscal year. Many programs, classes and educational activities will be affected by the decision. And although all of the programs affected are important to our education, the elimination of German and seventh-grade foreign language is completely unacceptable.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Effort to revive arts programs in schools gains momentum

EdSource – David E. Thigpen

“In an attempt to reverse the impact of years of budget cuts and a state and national emphasis on math and English test results, some 70 education officials, arts advocates, teachers and principals will unveil in June a blueprint designed to renew California’s battered K-12 arts education system.”(more)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pre-K funds, charter school protections, and Common Core changes in state budget deal

Chalk Beat – Geoff Decker

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature reached agreement on a new spending plan that includes $300 million in eligible pre-kindergarten funds for New York City, an effective annulment of Success Academy co-location reversals, and a process for new city charter schools to receive facilities support, according to budget documents for the education section that were posted online Saturday morning.”(more)

Teachers, students calling for increased funding at Oklahoma state Capitol education rally

KJRH – Will Dupree

“Many teachers, students and administrators agree that rallying to improve the state of education in Oklahoma is worth missing a day of school, but some parents are harder to convince given all the other cancelations recently due to inclement weather.”(more)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

State: Replacing Common Core costly

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“Replacing the Common Core academic standards and assessments would cost the state up to $25 million over the next five years and local school districts millions more, according to an analysis by the state Department of Education dated Friday.”(more)

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)