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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)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Poor countries spend more on richer pupils

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“The United Nations children’s charity says that almost half of education spending in low-income countries is focused on 10% of the population. It means that poorer children in poor countries get the least chances. Unicef is calling for a fairer distribution of education spending…It argues that investment in education must be more equitably shared, so that all types of pupils have access – including those who are most likely to miss out, such as poor, rural children, girls and ethnic minorities…The research shows that low-income, developing countries disproportionately favour the educational needs of their wealthier families.”(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)

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)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan

NPR Utah – ANDREA SMARDON

“Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Most States Still Below Pre-Recession K-12 Spending Levels, Report Says

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“The majority of states are funding schools below the levels reached a half-dozen years ago, before the Great Recession caused significant budget cuts, according to a report…What’s the impact of this situation on local districts?…districts had cut about 330,000 jobs. Since then, districts have restored only 70,000 of those jobs.” (more)

The $245,000 price tag for raising an American child, in 5 charts

Vox – Danielle Kurtzleben

“According to a report the USDA released in August…total spending on childrearing has increased substantially over the years, even accounting for inflation…child care and education spending have grown ninefold…this does not include spending on college…” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1 Million American Students Attend Unproductive Schools, Says Study

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“A new report out Wednesday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress analyzes the educational productivity of nearly 7,000 districts across nearly 40 states…Regardless of how much money their district spends, more than 1 million American students attend unproductive schools.” (more)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

States spending the most on education

USA Today – Thomas C. Frohlich

“For the third year, public expenditure per student fell nationwide, according a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Per pupil, school spending totaled $10,608 in 2012, roughly the same amount as the year before.”(more)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Early Childhood Education: Lots of Talk, but Not Much Action (Yet)

The Atlantic – Laura Bornfreund & Conor Williams

“Business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations, and Nobel-winning economists—not to mention President Obama—support better preschool. Why hasn’t there been more progress?”(more)