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Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"You can see that remarkable variation for yourself — and find out what schools are spending where you live. NPR teamed up with Education Week to build this map of per-student spending nationwide (adjusted for regional cost differences). "

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Arne Duncan: School Spending Disparities Between Rich, Poor Should Spur Action

Arne Duncan: School Spending Disparities Between Rich, Poor Should Spur Action | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The huge disparities in money spent on rich and poor students across the country are little known but tremendously damaging, and more must be done to get parents and the public more involved in spending decisions, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in remarks here Monday. 

Speaking at an Edunomics Lab event on school finance at Georgetown University, Duncan also defended the U.S. Department of Education's push to create relatively strong regulations to govern school finance in the Every Student Succeeds Act. He portrayed ESSA as a law that in some situations creates more risk for school accountablity and students, but offers other opportunities as well. And he downplayed his controversial remarks at the end of last year in which he said the department's lawyers would be able to outfox Congress when it comes to ESSA implementation. 
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Not Bill Gates: Meet Ted Dintersmith, an education philanthropist with a different agenda - The Washington Post

Not Bill Gates: Meet Ted Dintersmith, an education philanthropist with a different agenda - The Washington Post | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's an education philanthropist who isn't interested in opening charter schools, supporting vouchers or growing Teach For America.
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Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding

Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The American Federation of Teachers, which has won millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will no longer accept foundation money for its Innovation Fund. Union members have expressed concern about the poor implementation in many states of the Common Core State Standards, one of the initiatives in which the fund invests."

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Lawmakers push back against Washington high court

Lawmakers push back against Washington high court | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's highest court has exercised an unusual amount of power on education funding, and it's prompted some lawmakers to raise constitutional concerns.

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The school data problem: what we have vs. what we need

The school data problem: what we have vs. what we need | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Researchers try to find data to assemble a robust picture of school quality. They can't. What this means about school reform.
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The BYOT movement's socioeconomic problem

The BYOT movement's socioeconomic problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Bring Your Own Technology policies (aka Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD), are often adopted by school districts as a way to save money--but AJ Juliani argues that it is a fundamentally inequitable solution.

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Alarms Sounded As Federal Ed. Cuts Loom

Alarms Sounded As Federal Ed. Cuts Loom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Alyson Klein summarizes the findings of several reports that describe how the federal budget cuts that were legislated last August are projected to affect federal programs and state education funds.

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Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change.
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Ballot question to increase education spending will go to voters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Ballot question to increase education spending will go to voters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Secretary of State certified the campaign, which is attempting to impose a 3 percent tax on upper-income households to increase education funding.
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Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession

Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation's public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000...
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Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.
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David Berliner Invites You to Try a Thought Experiment

"David Berliner has designed a provocative thought experiment. He offers you State A and State B. He describes salient differences between them. Can you predict which state has high-performing schools?"

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Fiscal Cliff: How Are Advocates Fighting the Education Cuts?

Fiscal Cliff: How Are Advocates Fighting the Education Cuts? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Alyson Klein reports that unions and lobbyists are working hard to publicize the effects the fiscal cliff could have on education.  

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