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Following the billions of dollars spent every year educating children.
2 days ago
The race is on to convince voters to give more money to Indianapolis Public Schools
The campaign is using a multi-pronged approach to reach voters.
3 days ago
What seven school board members in West Tennessee want in their next governor
Seven weeks before election day, school board members say funding and getting online testing right are among their top concerns.
Following the money
September 12, 2018
Looking to curb absenteeism, other chronic problems, Memphis invests in data specialists with Gates money
Solving problems like chronic absenteeism is the goal of the nearly $1 million philanthropic dollars earmarked for 15 Shelby County schools.
August 24, 2018
Higher teacher pay and more school safety are up for a vote with November tax requests
Voters will have to decide on a statewide tax proposal, and in several communities, also on local measures.
August 13, 2018
Aurora board to consider placing school tax hike on November ballot
The proposed tax hike is expected to generate $35 million for the district in 2019.
August 10, 2018
Key lawmakers urge IPS to lease Broad Ripple high school to charter school
The district is instead considering steps to sell the large property on the open market.
On the ballot
August 9, 2018
Colorado voters will decide on $1.6 billion tax increase for education
Initiative 93 represents the third attempt in seven years to raise money for education.
August 2, 2018
Campaign for IPS tax referendums gets a $100,000 boost from advocacy group
The group will also launch a vast door-knocking campaign.
August 1, 2018
Cash-strapped teachers turn to Facebook, online sites to equip their classrooms
When teacher Shemena Shivers walked into her Melrose High School science lab for the first time, she couldn’t contain her excitement at the…
July 26, 2018
Even as Indianapolis Public Schools makes big cuts, it could still build new buildings
If the district sells its downtown office building, it may want to open a new one in another location.
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
July 24, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools scales back referendum (again) to win chamber support
The new request would amount to $220 million over eight years.
July 23, 2018
Why Indianapolis Public Schools wants the Indy Chamber’s referendum support
The chamber and the district this month released competing plans for how much the district needs.
July 20, 2018
CPS $1 billion capital budget hearings: Questions, demands, and mixed feelings
Chicago Public Schools surprised many when it dropped its biggest facility spending plan a few weeks ago with…
July 19, 2018
New budget gives CPS CEO Janice Jackson opportunity to play offense
Running Chicago’s schools might be the toughest tour of duty in town for a public sector CEO. There have been eight chiefs in…
July 17, 2018
IPS board votes to ask taxpayers for $315 million, reject the chamber’s plan
The school board pledged to continue discussions with the Indy Chamber.
On school finance
July 16, 2018
Facing tax opposition, Indianapolis leaders may settle for less than schools need
Superintendent Ferebee raised the possibility that the district might return to taxpayers for more money if the first referendum does not raise enough.
July 11, 2018
A $1.6 billion tax increase for Colorado education just got a lot closer to the ballot
Supporters of more funding for Colorado schools turned in more than 170,000 signatures Wednesday to place Great Schools, Thriving Communities on the ballot.
July 11, 2018
To bring down potential tax hikes, chamber proposes slashing Indianapolis Public Schools budget
In a new plan unveiled Wednesday, the Indy Chamber is proposing deep budget cuts at Indianapolis Public Schools to significantly reduce upcoming referendums.
June 29, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools cancels contracts for 26 educators, 46 other staffers amid financial problems
The reduction in force is smaller than some feared considering the district’s dire financial situation.
Business of education
June 29, 2018
Memphis school leaders pledge ‘a new day’ in contracting with diverse business owners
The plan comes about seven months after a study commissioned by the school board highlighted wide disparities for businesses owned by white women and people of color.
June 28, 2018
Indy Chamber eyes cuts to schools, busing, health insurance to fund teacher pay raise
A presentation to the school board Thursday previewed some of the findings of an ongoing analysis.
June 27, 2018
AmeriCorps ‘volunteers’ in Denver schools were district employees, investigation finds
The district department that got the grant is barred from reapplying.
June 22, 2018
Seeking property tax hikes, Indianapolis Public Schools considers selling headquarters
The administration is exploring the sale of its building at 120 E. Walnut St., which has housed the district’s central office since 1960.
June 22, 2018
Happening at a campus near you: Here’s what the security review of every public school in Tennessee looks like
Aging school facilities and heightened safety concerns after Parkland are the drivers behind Tennessee’s unprecedented summertime inspection of all 1,800 of its schools.
June 21, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools sold a temple and bottle plant recently, but the sale of Broad Ripple is more controversial
Broad Ripple is one of at least four former school buildings the district has sought to sell in recent years.
June 20, 2018
Ferebee, pleading for more money for schools, says teacher raises, security upgrades are on the ballot
Ferebee told a few dozen people at the meeting that he envisioned offering the best teacher pay in the state
June 20, 2018
Aurora superintendent is getting a bonus following the district’s improved state ratings
Superintendent Rico Munn said Wednesday he is donating the bonus.
June 20, 2018
Aurora school board approves the budget, but will continue transparency discussions to change the level of detail available
Tuesday's quick vote was in contrast to months of discussions over the transparency of the budget.
Spread the wealth
June 19, 2018
A few Colorado charter schools won ‘the lottery’ in this year’s round of school construction grants
The BEST grant program uses state land proceeds and marijuana tax revenue to pay for school construction projects.
Fund Students First
Updated June 19, 2018
Memphis locals rally for extra school funding, demanding it be spent on student needs
Lobbying for how Shelby County Schools should spend an extra $12.7 million just granted from the county’s surplus,…
June 18, 2018
County approves more money for Memphis schools, but skirts obligation to match it next year
The decision to approve the budget sets in motion an action that meets the district’s needs for now, but also loses out on locking in more resources for years to come.
June 14, 2018
Community members have plenty to say about CPS’ 10-year facilities master plan
Carolina Gaete had a question. The North Lawndale resident wanted to know how Chicago Public Schools decides which improvements to fund…
June 13, 2018
Here’s what led to Indiana’s heated debate about sending federal dollars to struggling schools
Officials couldn't agree on how much funding schools under state intervention should get — or if some of the schools were eligible to get any extra money at all.
June 12, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners recommend less aggressive pre-K funding plan
A committee of Shelby County Commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of approving a plan that details funding for pre-K through 2022.
June 7, 2018
For the first time, money for Memphis schools will be based on student needs. Here’s how it works.
The new funding model is a key component of Shelby County Schools’ efforts to ensure state and local money is distributed based on student need.
June 6, 2018
Chicago Public Schools to cut 156 teachers, 382 support personnel
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school…
June 4, 2018
IPS unveils a scaled-back tax request to fund building renovations
District officials say nearly $41 million in funding will increase safety.
back and forth
May 30, 2018
Against a backdrop of protests, teacher contract negotiations in Denver get heated
Teachers argue that base salaries are too low and the bonuses make their paychecks unpredictable.
May 29, 2018
Memphis schools budget heads to county leaders for approval
District leaders plan to ask for about $13 million from the county’s expected surplus, but early numbers indicate they may only get half of that.
May 22, 2018
Why some IPS schools are facing big budget cuts, and others are mostly spared from the pain
Big schools, including high schools, are taking the brunt of the cuts.
May 15, 2018
How much are Indianapolis teachers paid? Here are the highest and lowest paid districts in the city
In Indianapolis, teachers can increase their pay by heading to nearby districts.
May 10, 2018
What Colorado lawmakers did for and to schools in 2018
In a world of competing priorities, education came out ahead in the Colorado General Assembly's 2018 session.
May 10, 2018
Colorado lawmakers’ pension compromise raises teacher retirement age, cuts benefits
The deal that emerged from 12 hours of negotiations Wednesday was not the deal that many people expected to see when the day started.
Abundance of Caution
May 8, 2018
In a Trump world, Colorado lawmakers hesitate to borrow against pot money for school construction
More marijuana tax money will go toward school construction starting next year, but the funds won’t go as far as they could have.
May 8, 2018
Short of its goal, 87 retiring teachers will get $20,000 payments from Indianapolis Public Schools
The district is in the midst of cutting about $22.4 million from the budget for next year.
money money money
May 7, 2018
New tell-all budget document details how much the Denver school district spends on libraries, lawyers, and more
The goal, Superintendent Tom Boasberg said, is to be more upfront with taxpayers.
May 1, 2018
All Memphis teachers could get a raise now that TNReady scores won’t affect their pay
Shelby County Schools had originally planned to give raises to teachers with high evaluation scores, but TNReady issues sent district leaders back to the drawing board.
April 30, 2018
After teacher rallies, the work ‘shifts to the local community level,’ Colorado union president says
Teachers need to convince local school boards to raise salaries, and they need to convince neighbors to vote for a statewide tax in November, the CEA president said.
April 27, 2018
Colorado teachers: We like our schools, but we’ve got some issues
The good: Teachers like their schools and think they're good for kids. Not so good: Not enough hours in the day.
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