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March 17, 2014
Indiana legislature passes 31 education bills in 2014
Dumping Common Core and starting a preschool pilot were the top headlines for the legislature this year, but 2014 also brought a host…
March 17, 2014
Rise & Shine: Pence earns statehouse victories, but budget concerns loom
March 12, 2014
Ferebee's predecessors: Not so fast
Twp predecessors to Indianapolis Public Schools’ Superintendent Lewis Ferebee are raising questions about his analysis of the district’s financial situation, with one saying he got it wrong when he said the district won’t have to cut costs this year.
March 3, 2014
Education in the 2014 legislature: What's passed, dead and still waiting
Bills that still have yet to pass both houses of the Indiana Legislature have until today in the House and tomorrow in the Senate to make it through. Then lawmakers have until March 14 to iron out the differences between bills passed in the House and Senate and to approve the final versions of all bills. Here's where everything stands.
February 14, 2014
Survey: Voucher parents switched for better academics, religious environment
Parents who use a program that redirects tax dollars to pay private school tuition, helping make Indiana a national hotspot for vouchers, say they wanted…
February 14, 2014
Rise & Shine: Does standards panel have a Common Core bias?
February 7, 2014
Here are the 43 education bills still alive in the Indiana legislature
At the halfway point of the legislature’s 2014 session, there are quite a lot of education issues that have advanced across the statehouse for consideration in the other chamber. Chalkbeat will be tracking 43 education bills as they head to committees for consideration beginning next week.
January 22, 2014
Snow days mean IPS seniors will stay in school after graduation
December 17, 2013
Rise & Shine: An education MBA, more testing errors, Pence vs. Daniels
December 4, 2013
Aurora may build new school to handle overcrowding
The Aurora Public School board heard recommendations from its staff Tuesday on how the district should handle an "urgent" overcrowding problem. A new school may be built.
December 3, 2013
Study: Colorado budget woes offset by recession, but fiscal quagmire still remains
Funding for Colorado's public schools should remain stable in the coming years, according to a new fiscal forecast by an independent think tank. But the Colorado Futures Center warns the state could see a $3 billion gap between its revenue and budget by 2030.
November 4, 2013
Also on the ballot: a divisive gambling proposal to fund schools
At left, state Senator Liz Krueger with New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long (credit: Andrew Goldston); At right, UFT President Michael Mulgrew with Assemblyman Keith Wright and Heather Briccetti, CEO of the New York State Business Council (in red). A gambling proposal up for public approval Tuesday is either a "godsend" for New York City schools, or a "bill of goods" filled with false promises. It just depends on whom you're talking to. The proposed amendment to the state constitution would allow the construction of up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos in New York State beyond those that already operate on American Indian reservations. Much of the tax revenue from the casinos would be funneled into city schools, which state budget officials have estimated could see as much as $94 million in annual revenue. "This will be a godsend and gift for our children in our educational system," Keith Wright, a state assemblyman and co-chair of the state's Democratic party, said last week. But others are lobbying against the proposal, cautioning that the promised dividends to schools might well be exaggerated.
February 21, 2013
Judge blocks Cuomo's $250M penalty on city schools, for now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo won't be able to penalize New York City for failing to adopt teacher evaluations while a lawsuit against the penalty makes its way through the courts, a State Supreme Court judge ruled today. The judge said Cuomo's latest ultimatum — that the city adopt a system or have one imposed — proved that a financial penalty was not the only way to motivate districts to adopt new evaluations. Cuomo announced last year that he would withhold increases in state school aid from districts that did not adopt new teacher evaluation systems by Jan. 17. New York City missed the deadline, and Cuomo said he would take back $250 million from the city's schools. But parents and advocates of equitable school funding sued, and a judge today issued an injunction against the penalty, at least until he has had more time to consider the merits of the lawsuit.
June 25, 2012
At P.S. 9, parents are rushing to fundraise for lost federal funds
P.S. 9, a Prospect Heights elementary school, faces a sudden budget shortfall. The city’s annual calculation of schools’ enrollment of poor students has at least one Brooklyn elementary school on the wrong side of an unyielding line. The city gives extra federal funds to schools where 60 percent of students are eligible for free lunch. P.S. 9, which hosts a gifted program in gentrifying Prospect Heights, has received the funds in the past, but now its enrollment of poor students has dropped — to 59.1 percent. That means the school won’t get the Title I funds, even though it has virtually the same proportion of eligible students as many other schools that will receive them. “It's sounds great that we’re coming out of a Title I position but we still don't have enough resources,” said Christine Scalon, secretary of the school’s parent-teacher organization. Scanlon and other parents are leading a frantic push to raise $160,000 by the end of the school year, the amount they have calculated the school is losing.
December 6, 2011
Students launch foundation to help their peers fill budget gaps
A screenshot of GrayMatter's website. As a student at Staten Island Technical High School, Jeremy Meyers couldn't always get the gear he needed as a member of the fencing team. The Model United Nations team he had helped start was scrambling for funds to attend conferences. And he saw that computer programming classes were cut alongside the school's budget. Instead of making do with less, Meyers, now a freshman at Columbia University, teamed up with classmates to develop a strategy to fill the budget gaps. The result is GrayMatter, a foundation that aims to make it easier for students to raise money for their schools. Modeled off of DonorsChoose, the website that many teachers use to solicit donations for school supplies, GrayMatter allows students in city schools to list projects in need of support, then collects and disburses funds on the students' behalf after verifying with school officials that the need is real. Right now, Jim, a senior at a Brooklyn school, still needs $282.72 to allow two members of a community service group to attend a leadership conference. The final bill comes to $612.72, and 17 people have already pitched in $330.
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