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June 14, 2016
As 12 early community schools face funding cuts, advocates question city’s long-term commitment
In New York City, an unexpected fight has flared up between proponents of social service-filled “community schools” and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio,…
war of words
April 13, 2016
Proposed constitutional amendment to curb judicial power over Tennessee schools stumbles
Despite the backing of key legislative leaders, a proposed constitutional amendment designed to give the Tennessee legislature more power over education funding flounders.
August 11, 2015
Special education funding dries up for some kids in kindergarten
The state doesn't recognize the category of "developmental delays" past age 5, along with 19 other states
July 28, 2015
Indiana charter schools miss out on funding formula boost for English learners
In the new state budget, districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of students can qualify for extra aid, but not if they're a charter school.
March 30, 2015
Vouchers pass state Senate for third time in five years
An initiative that would allow some low-income Tennessee students to receive vouchers to attend private schools cleared the state Senate Monday. All eyes now turn to the House.
December 5, 2012
Group seeking mandated aid for needy districts heads to Albany
City Councilman Robert Jackson, an original plaintiff in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, joined advocates to renew their push to secure funding from the state for high-need schools. Chancellor Dennis Walcott was not the only one fretting about the city's school funding today. While Walcott was warning about the potential loss of new funds, longtime advocates were preparing to board a bus for Albany to call for the state to settle an old tab.
April 19, 2012
Turnaround funds fuel schizophrenic spending during recession
Chart showing change in states' school funding since 2008. (Click to enlarge.) New York City’s controversial school turnaround proposals represent a tiny piece of a sweeping effort, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to overhaul the country’s lowest-performing schools. In the second of three articles about the reform effort produced by Education Week, The Hechinger Report, and the Education Writers Association, Andrew Brownstein looks at the strange juxtaposition of School Improvement Grants against a context of state budget cuts — an issue that is less acute in New York than in many other states but relevant nonetheless. For the casual visitor, it’s easy to miss that Southeast High School in rural Kansas — once among the lowest academic performers in the state — is in the midst of a profound transformation. Like so many other Kansas schools, the building in Cherokee (population: 722) shows the telltale signs of a suffering economy. Bus routes have been cut, as have supplies. Custodians, secretaries and cafeteria workers took an eight-day pay cut. During the harsh winters, students bundle up to make it through classes where the temperature hovers at an uncomfortable, but cost-saving 68 degrees. But look deeper, and another picture emerges. Every one of those students is assigned a MacBook for the year. Teachers use iPads on classroom walkthroughs designed to improve instruction and boost student engagement. And the entire school improvement process is underscored by consultants from Cross & Joftus, a Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm. The schizophrenic portrait of school funding is not unique to Southeast. It is one of roughly 1,200 schools in the nation to win a federal School Improvement Grant (SIG), given to those in the bottom 5 percent in the country to spark radical improvements in school culture and student performance. The backdrop of the recession means that many of these schools have funding to do things they’ve never done at the same time that they’re hamstrung to fund many of the basic things educators typically take for granted.
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