Pasco schools seek class size solutions

Jeffrey Solochek October 2, 2018 Nearly two months into the academic year, several Pasco County schools continue to struggle meeting state class size requirements. A recently created report indicates hundreds of classrooms across the district that exceeded the constitutional caps by at least one student. School Board members said they had received calls of classes with 40 or more students — a situation most prevalent at … Continue reading Pasco schools seek class size solutions

Class sizes raise concerns for Mich. parents, districts, teachers

September 26, 2018 Jennifer Chambers, Korie Wilkins was happy with the small class sizes at her son’s elementary school for the last three years. Then the Rochester Community Schools parent heard a number this month that stopped her in her tracks: 30. “There are 30 kids in his class,” Wilkins said. “He has never had more than in the low-20s.” Despite pleas from parents and … Continue reading Class sizes raise concerns for Mich. parents, districts, teachers

Austin ISD considers increasing class sizes to save money

October 8, 2018 Tom Miller AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin ISD is considering increasing the student to teacher ratio next year at campuses throughout the district in an effort to reduce its multi-million dollar budget deficit. Under the proposal, kindergarten through fourth-grade classes could grow by as many as two students, increasing to 24 per teacher. Middle and high school classes could increase by as many as … Continue reading Austin ISD considers increasing class sizes to save money

State Board of Education Adopts Act 46 Forced Merger Guidelines

Foreground, from left: Vermont Agency of Education staff members Donna Russo-Savage, Brad James and Emily Simmons face the State Board of Education at a meeting in Bethel on Tuesday.  HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN OCT 3, 2018 After an all-day meeting Tuesday in Bethel, the State Board of Education has adopted a set of guidelines to help steer its decisions about which school districts will be forced to … Continue reading State Board of Education Adopts Act 46 Forced Merger Guidelines

Education Is on the Ballot this November

By Jessica Yin  October 12, 2018, Getty/Portland Press Herald/Derek DavisA child peers up into a voting booth as his mother fills out ballots in Scarborough, Maine. With one month left before the midterm elections, voters have a lot of big decisions to make as they prepare to choose between candidates running for local, state, and national office. However, November ballots will include more than just choices … Continue reading Education Is on the Ballot this November

Understanding Amendment 73: Funding Public Education

  Sarah Ferguson Oct 11, 2018   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Election day is less than a month away now and we want to start breaking down some of the amendments you’ll be voting on this November. Amendment 73 aims to increase funding for K-12 Public Education by establishing tax brackets, or raising taxes for certain people who make more than $150,000 per year. It would also … Continue reading Understanding Amendment 73: Funding Public Education

Why public school funding isn’t working in Texas

By David DeMatthews and David S. Knight  Sep. 27, 2018  Texas is a prosperous state, but lawmakers are failing to adequately finance public education, and communities and students are suffering the academic, physical and economic consequences. The upcoming legislative session provides a unique opportunity for our state’s elected leaders to right the past wrongs, but a preliminary budget request from the Texas Education Agency projects … Continue reading Why public school funding isn’t working in Texas

Willow Public School receives $250,000 grant

Brenden Koch Sep 26, 2018 Willow Public School has been granted $250,000 by the NewSchools Venture Fund. The Walla Walla charter school was one of 19 schools across the nation to receive money from the California-based philanthropic firm, which uses donations received to support teams of educators and entrepreneurs “who are re-imagining public education to create great results for all students,” according to the NewSchools … Continue reading Willow Public School receives $250,000 grant

Education Week ranks Louisiana’s public education as fifth worst in the country, with a D- grade

September 27, 2018  Bethany Blankley   The Pelican State ranks 46th and received a D- grade by Education Week in its 2018 K-12 Achievement Index. First published in January and recently updated with federal data, the Index provides a comprehensive assessment of student performance including in math and reading proficiency at the fourth and eighth grade level, high school graduation rates and advanced placement (AP) … Continue reading Education Week ranks Louisiana’s public education as fifth worst in the country, with a D- grade

“This is a Struggle to Save Public Education”

AN INTERVIEW WITH ARLENE INOUYE The teachers strike wave has reached Los Angeles: teachers there recently voted overwhelmingly to strike. They are fighting against school privatization, wage and benefit cuts, and the nationwide project to dismantle public education. he education strike wave initiated by West Virginia’s wildcat has reached the coasts. Teachers in Washington and Pennsylvania have walked off the job to demand better wages and better schools. And in late … Continue reading “This is a Struggle to Save Public Education”