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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nation’s per-pupil K-12 funding fell for second consecutive year in 2012

The Washington Post – Emma Brown

“After more than a decade of increases in per-pupil funding for K-12 public schools, the nation’s per-pupil spending dropped in 2012 for the second year in a row, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics…The downturn has come as federal stimulus funds dried up, shrinking the federal government’s aid to schools by more than 20 percent between 2011 and 2012. At the same time, many local governments saw their property tax base evaporate in the housing collapse and states wrestled with balancing recession-battered budgets…Cuts to education budgets have meant bigger class sizes and fewer programs in many schools; advocates argue that tight budgets have hobbled efforts to adjust to the new Common Core State Standards, expand access to pre-kindergarten and serve an increasingly needy student population.”(more)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Global firms urged to invest in education

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Major international businesses are failing to spend enough on supporting education, according to a global education campaign. An analysis of 500 top global firms showed that only 13% of their philanthropic and social investment budget was targeted at education…Extra funding could help tackle global concerns such as providing places for 58 million children in developing countries without any access to primary school.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott proposes record high education spending in Florida

Tampa Bay Times – Kathleen McGrory and Amy Sherman

“After promising to boost education spending to a record high, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday released a plan to spend $7,176 per student in 2015-16…Scott wants to boost the entire K-12 education budget from $18.9 billion to $19.75 billion, he said Monday. A little more than $11 billion would come from state coffers. The rest would be funded by property taxes.”(more)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Oregon’s Kitzhaber Proposes $800 Million More for Education

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has proposed an extra $800 million for the state’s next two-year budget plan for education…The additional money is proposed for an update to the state’s pre-K program to improve reading skills and creating a smoother transition to the workforce.”(more)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

When students need stuff, more teachers tapping internet donors

The Miami herald – CHRISTINA VEIGA

“This holiday season, hundreds of Miami-Dade County teachers from public, private and charter schools are turning to crowd-funding websites. They’re hoping to buy everything from age-appropriate books and copying paper to a solar car kit or frogs to dissect in biology class. Crowd-funding relies on many people making small donations toward a goal. There are dozens of websites where entrepreneurs post their big ideas and funding needs, and connect directly with donors. A handful of sites, like ClassWish.org, are just for teachers.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

When calculating U.S. college costs, proceed with caution

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – U.S. colleges have started, however reluctantly, to share more information about what students might actually pay to attend – the so-called net price. But the calculators that Congress has forced schools to provide since 2011 are often hard to find, vary widely in quality and should be used with some caution.”(more)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

School districts in Pennsylvania sue state over education funding

Reuters – Daniel Kelley

“(Reuters) – Six Pennsylvania school districts and a group of parents sued the state on Monday, charging that funding for education discriminates against children based on the wealth of their school districts.” (more)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Funding plagues pre-K revamp

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“While Louisiana is launching an ambitious overhaul of its pre-K system, how to pay for it is a recurring problem.” (more)

Friday, November 7, 2014

S’mores or sums? Next year, send your kids to financial literacy camp

CNBC – Stacy Francis

“Teaching your kids concepts such as saving early and often, the importance of budgeting and investing and how to avoid debt are vital to financial success…personal finance camps are becoming increasingly popular…We all want a brighter future for our children, and studies have shown that financial well-being is linked to psychological and physical health…” (more)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

States slashing education spending

USA Today – Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess

“State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.” (more)