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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Closing schools not the answer to budget woes

The Star – Cathy Dandy

“Schools must close! This has been the cry for 18 years now as successive provincial governments continue to create a crisis in order to extract money from the education budget. School boards, easy targets because of some dysfunctional trustee antics, are attacked. “Under-enrolled! Inefficient use of resources!” cry the mandarins who developed the formula to measure school use. In these hard financial times, when the provincial government is facing billion-dollar deficits, these arguments might sound rational. But the funding formula that drives the provincial hand-wringing has two major flaws — there is no evidence to suggest the numbers are in the best interests of students, and the numbers ignore the fact that these schools are a community investment. The funding formula was created to pay for a certain number of square feet containing a teacher and 30 students and that’s it..”(more)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Testing Costs a Drop in the Bucket

Education Next – Matthew M. Chingos

“The cost of standardized tests, long assailed by testing critics as too high, has resurfaced in the debate over reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act currently underway in Congress. The National Education Association (NEA) has argued that funds spent on testing could be “better spent on high-quality early childhood education, health care, after-school programs, and support services.” Recently, the New Jersey Education Association released poll results indicating that a majority of voters and parents think that “too much money is spent on testing.” Testing critics usually point to estimates of total spending on assessments; a commonly cited figure—$1.7 billion spent by states each year—comes from a report I wrote in 2012. [1] But what these claims always miss is that, however calculated, spending on testing is barely a drop in the bucket of a public education system that spends over $600 billion per year.”(more)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good to see partnership of businesses, schools

Vegas INC – Glenn Christenson

“Wandering through the crowd at schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s State of the District address, I saw the business community becoming an active partner in addressing the needs of Southern Nevada’s K-12 education system. Skorkowsky made clear his appreciation of prominent business groups’ and individuals’ help in achievements made in the district’s Pledge of Achievement Program. A close working relationship between the business and education communities is crucial to prepare our children for success. This partnership has been a long time coming, and we are seeing benefits. Concepts that businesses support, such as return on investment and accountability, have become part of the dialogue, making it easier to communicate the district’s goals and strategies to the business community.”(more)

Financial Sense 201: Going Beyond the Classroom and Making Smart Financial Choices Now

The Huffington Post – Chris Mettler

“Tom Hanks said, “While I was (in college) I was exposed to this world that I didn’t know was possible.” College is definitely a time of discovery. We’re exposed to new ways of thinking and begin to form our own ideas about the world. Of course, it’s also a time for fun. College students are straddling the line between still being young and being faced with adult decisions. Straddling that line between teenager and adult can be difficult to manage for some students. College may be their first time away from home, which adds to the stress of managing a budget, paying bills and making decisions that will directly impact their future. For many, it is tempting to rack up debt now and worry about it later. College should be fun, but it’s also vital that students start thinking about their future and what life will be like after graduation.”(more)

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. Schools across the country spent an average of $10,667 per student in fiscal year 2012, a decline of 2.8 percent compared to the year before, adjusting for inflation. Thirty-seven states saw per-pupil expenditures decline at least 1 percent, and some states saw much larger slides. Per-pupil spending climbed steadily by at least 1 percent per year between 1996 and 2008, when the nation began to feel the effects of the recession. Spending flattened out between 2008 and 2010, and then in 2011 fell for the first time in 15 years.”(more)

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)