Budget

9/23/2013

9/23/2013

Government should be run like a business. That mantra spills from the mouths of Republicans and Democrats a lot these days. And it's often used about education, as a way to justify spending cuts. If bloated school districts would just manage their money better, they wouldn't even feel the effects of budget cuts, so the thinking goes.

9/19/2013

9/19/2013

Washington comes in less than 1 percent, just $35 per pupil, below the 2008 mark, comparing relatively favorably. Tweak the inflation measure and we could climb into positive territory. Thirty-two states do worse. And our Legislature made substantial progress in the last session.

9/16/2013

9/16/2013

The cuts affect almost all school staffing and routine expenses. The cuts translate into larger classes with less individual attention.

9/16/2013

Pontiac Public Schools and the Benton Harbor School District are hoping for emergency loans. The schools are among the 56 districts and public charter schools either already in or expected to be in budget deficits.

9/13/2013

9/13/2013

Public schools around the United States are still waiting to feel the recovery from an economic recession that officially ended four years ago, mostly because states have kept education spending low and property taxes remain depressed, according to a report released on Thursday.

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

School officials said the Oak Ridge system has failed a state maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year. After some budget adjustments, there is a $250,000 shortfall, school officials said, and they want the city to cover it. It’s the equivalent of a 2.5-cent property tax rate increase.

9/12/2013

Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.

9/11/2013

9/11/2013

Philadelphia schools opened Monday amid the district's well-documented fiscal woes and drastically reduced staffing levels.

9/10/2013

9/10/2013

The first day of school in Philadelphia is also the start of a grim new normal for the district's 137,000 students and their families.

9/4/2013

9/4/2013

They say you should never make decisions out of fear, but on Wednesday, when I announced that I was prepared to recommend to members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers that we forgo salary increases and make changes to our health-benefits plan, I was indeed motivated by fear - fear of what our schools and classrooms will look like if we can't restore the programs and services lost with the layoffs of nearly 4,000 school employees in June.

9/3/2013

9/3/2013

This year's late August heat exposed a tug-of-war in school districts that are under pressure to start school earlier than ever but are unable to pay to equip aging buildings with air conditioning.

8/30/2013

8/30/2013

About 200 people—including 20 to 30 students—rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education approved the district’s annual budget, which includes hundreds of millions in cuts. Community activists who organized the protest rally and boycott said it would serve as a real-life lesson for students involved.

8/26/2013

8/26/2013

Less money forced school districts to cut staff so class sizes grew and individual students got less attention, school officials say. Now with new funding-based incentives coming from Sacramento, districts are budgeting for more teachers, which they hope will bring down class sizes and improve the education of area children.

8/23/2013

8/23/2013

Idaho’s pathway to better public education could come with a price tag of more than $300 million, based on some preliminary recommendations from a state task force studying education reform. But Gov. Butch Otter, who formed the task force last December, told Idaho Education News he is more interested in hearing the task force’s ideas on what to do than asking its members to provide a budget.

8/16/2013

8/16/2013

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would cut the National Endowment for the Arts by 49 percent. I think this is a terrible idea and call on our congressional delegation to reject this cut.

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