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Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Save up to 70% on College Textbooks

Time – Laura M. Colarusso

“While the cost of class materials is going up, students are spending less on average. Here’s how they’re cutting their costs—and how you can, too.” (more)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Report: Cost to raise today’s child tops $245,000

The San Francisco chronicle – Staff Writer

“A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Heading Off to College? Time to Think About Banking Needs

The New York Times – Ann Carrns

“IF you’re a student heading off to college for the first time, you have a lot of options for handling your money these days. It makes sense to think about it before you arrive on campus and find yourself swept up in the back-to-school whirlwind.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours? We can’t be certain. But we do know this:.” (more)

Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall

Reuters – Sean Landis

“Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district’s superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money.” (more)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Philadelphia School District’s Ongoing Financial Crisis

Education Next – John Caskey and Mark Kuperberg

“Each year, as predictably as classes end in June, the School District of Philadelphia faces a budget crisis for the coming school year. In 2014, the School Reform Commission, the school district’s state-imposed governing body, for the first time and in violation of the city charter, refused to pass a budget, arguing that there were insufficient funds to run the schools responsibly.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Boost in California Education Budget Not Reflected in Results

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Despite a continually increasing budget, the California education system has not shown much progress in the last 10 years. Since 1970, the states’ education budget has increased by 80% to its current amount of $152.3 billion…However…California shows no improvement in the areas of reading and math.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Education Week – Michelle R. Davis and Michele Molnar

“Faced with a rapidly changing set of challenges, including tight budgets, new technologies, and competition for students, some school leaders are incorporating entrepreneurial practices into their operations.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill

The New York Times – CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE

“…the inclusion of financial literacy in PISA, considered the most important global comparison of 15-year-olds, is a sign that the subject is taking center stage in the education discussion around the world…Experts appear to agree that this is an increasingly necessarily skill, but that the PISA findings show that not enough has been done to teach it.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Getting your children involved in saving for college

Real Vail – Jeff Nelligan

“Most articles about college planning focus on advice for parents or other adults who expect to pay the cost for a younger person’s education. But what about the beneficiary who plans to attend college? Although most young people don’t have the assets for college savings that their elders do, being part of the planning process can be educational, offering financial lessons for the future.” (more)