Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

 Aug. 29, 2018 By Jim Allen  For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, Thursday should be a rewarding day. The day begins with back-to-school activities and ends with a membership meeting at Shadle Park High School, where teachers and classified staff will vote on a tentative salary agreement with the district. Details of the contract, which were hammered out Tuesday night … Continue reading Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

  Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States during the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That makes teachers considerably less racially and ethnically diverse than their students – as well as the nation as a whole. By comparison, 51% of all public elementary and secondary school students in … Continue reading America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

By BEN CHAPMAN AUG 29, 2018  Families of public school students with disabilities won a legal battle Tuesday when a federal court judge dismissed the city’s attempt to throw their suit out on procedural grounds. The lawsuit filed in October 2017 by three city families with the advocacy group Advocates for Children charged the city Department of Education with failing to provide legally mandated services for … Continue reading Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

Invest in Education income-tax measure knocked off November ballot by courts

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling Wednesday knocked the Invest in Education income-tax measure off the November ballot. According to the ruling, the measure’s description “did not accurately represent the increased tax burden on the affected classes of taxpayers.” The measure, recently titled Proposition 207, was expected to bring in $690 million in additional funding for Arizona public district and charter schools. Supporters had framed Prop. … Continue reading Invest in Education income-tax measure knocked off November ballot by courts

Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

  Wisconsin has one of the 10 best public school systems in the country, according to a new study by the financial consumer website, WalletHub. In its report “2018 Best and Worst Public Schools,” WalletHub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on scores across 25 key metrics within two main categories – “quality of education” and “school safety.” Wisconsin ranked ninth … Continue reading Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS WHAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T TELL PARENTS. SEE THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION HERE Arizona Republic Aug. 22, 2018 With Arizona public schools struggling to raise students’ standardized test scores, the Legislature in 1994 began a grand experiment: charter schools. They were exempted from state procurement or conflict-of-interest laws and the oversight of elected boards. With less regulation, charters could succeed where traditional public schools had failed, proponents argued. Today, about … Continue reading Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

 AUGUST 21, 2018 By Tom McLaughlin Circuit Court Judge John Cooper clearly didn’t agree with the wording of the last of the constitutional amendments to be put before voters this November. Cooper on Monday ordered Amendment 8 stricken from the ballot, calling both the amendment language and the title it would have been introduced under as “misleading.” Court Blocks 2 Amendments From North Carolina Ballot … Continue reading Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

August 20, 2018 – SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that he is creating an Action Team on Charter Schools to review laws governing California’s charter schools, and provide recommendations about any needed changes to the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Governor, State Board of Education, and State Legislature. The guiding law for charter schools—the California Charter School Act—was enacted 26 … Continue reading California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

California’s missing information about public education

Dan Walters Aug. 16, 2018 Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. It’s especially true in politics, whose insiders joust constantly among themselves and with outsiders, including the media and the voting public, over access to information. One of California’s more important arenas of info-war is public education. We Californians spend at least $100 billion in taxpayer money each year on educating 6 million elementary and secondary … Continue reading California’s missing information about public education

(HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

And there’s no factor that can explain it other than racism. ADAM HARRIS 1:06 PM ET It’s expensive to be poor. And few places in higher education feel that more acutely than historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), where endowments are typically smaller and enrollments have fluctuated wildly over the past decade. Now, to be clear, the financial misfortune of black colleges does not rest squarely on their shoulders. … Continue reading (HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools