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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)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

How principals are preparing for Common Core

E-School News – Staff Writer

“Principals are more optimistic than last year about changes in learning standards and technology taking place in their schools, according to the fourth annual Principals’ Assessment of Public Education, conducted by educational marketing data firm MCH Strategic Data and Designed to track trends within K-12 schools, the assessment compiled survey responses from more than 500 principals in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. The results provide a snapshot of the current state of schools as they implement Common Core and college and career readiness standards, develop student data privacy policies, and establish a better understanding of what constitutes 21st century learning.”(more)

Friday, January 16, 2015

New York City Education Department to Add or Expand 40 Dual-Language Programs

The New York Times – ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

“The New York City Education Department plans to expand dual­-language programs offered in public schools, using the orchestra of local languages to spread bilingual little symphonies across the five boroughs…Carmen Fariña, the city’s schools chancellor, announced the plan on Wednesday, saying that citywide, 40 dual­-language programs for elementary, middle and high school levels would be created or expanded for the 2015­-16 school year…In remarks made at a professional development session at the United Federation of Teachers offices in Brooklyn, an enthusiastic Ms. Fariña…emphasized the global advantages of speaking more than one language. “It’s one thing to go out with Japanese businessmen who all speak English; it’s another thing to be able to have some dinner conversation in their language,” Ms. Fariña said. “That means you’re coming to the table with a different form of respect, a different form of acknowledgment, and people accept and honor that.” Dual-­language programs have been growing around the country as school districts try to prepare children to compete for jobs in a globalized, polyglot world.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Study Says Grant Program Would Save Texas Over $1 Billion

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report was released that details the benefits of a grant program in Texas that would offer public school children the opportunity to learn in private schools using state money. While education and teacher groups largely oppose the program, the study found that it would save the state billions of dollars and greatly improve education throughout the state.”(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Growing First State foreign language efforts will take some students overseas

Delaware Public Media – Karl Malgiero

“Foreign language instruction opportunities are growing for students enrolled in Delaware’s public schools. A new partnership between the Department of Education and a company from China will expose Delaware high school students to Chinese culture and develop their language skills…The Delaware Summer Chinese Language Initiative for Communicating STEM (LinCS) program will place 24 students at Wanxiang’s automotive and industrial facilities for four weeks to experience the culture and develop language proficiency…Governor Jack Markell said research shows foreign language instruction most effective when begun as early as possible, calling the program a chance to provide Delaware students an edge in the global job market…The agreement comes as the Department of Education announces another expansion of the world language immersion program, adding six more elementary schools utilizing the immersion model of academic instruction in English half the time and either Mandarin or Spanish during the other.”(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Students Are Paying More for State Schools

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), students are now paying more of the costs associated with attending public universities in their home states than state governments are, making college even less affordable…The rise in tuition payments come at the same time that more students are attending state schools. Between the 2002-2003 school year and 2011-2012, the number of students enrolled in state schools rose 20%. At the same time, state funding for each student dropped 24%…According to the GAO, the collapse of the financial markets in 2008 played a large role in the decrease of state contributions to higher education…In order to make up the money they were no longer receiving, state schools increased tuition costs. Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, tuition prices rose 28% over the rate of inflation. However, federal grant aid and other free money has not kept up with the increasing costs associated with attending college…”(more)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New York City Will Provide Free Space for a Dozen Charter Schools

The New York Times – Elizabeth A. Harris

“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said Tuesday that it would provide free space in public school buildings to a dozen new or expanding charter schools, including 10 run by Eva S. Moskowitz, one of the mayor’s fiercest rivals on the issue…Charter schools flourished and multiplied during the Bloomberg administration, which eagerly handed many charter schools – which are publicly financed but privately run – space in public school buildings free of charge. Mr. de Blasio, however, was critical of the addition of charter schools during his mayoral campaign, saying they siphoned resources from traditional schools.”(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White House promotes public-private plan to pump $1 billion into preschool

The Washington Post – Lyndsey Layton

“The Obama administration today announced a public-private partnership designed to pump $1 billion into public preschool programs around the country. At a White House summit on preschool education Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced his agency is awarding $250 million to 18 states to either create or expand existing preschool programs.”(more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New York Mayor Adds One Hour To School Day At Struggling Public Schools

The Huffington Post – Laila Kearney

“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a $150 million plan on Monday to boost the achievements of some of the lowest-performing schools…The program aims to improve the performance of 94 schools with poor test scores and graduation rates by providing students one extra hour of daily instruction and additional mental and physical health support…” (more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Parents Struggle as Child Poverty Highest in 20 Years

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A recent report published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that childhood poverty in the United States to be at its highest level in 20 years…children who go hungry are more likely to get sick, as well as be subjected to stunted emotional, physical and intellectual development…A separate report from the Department of Education found 1.3 million public school students in the US to be homeless in the 2012-2013 school year.” (more)