Time to reinforce the building blocks of the American dream

BY MIKE TAMOR, 07/30/18 02:30 PM  Successful nations, just like successful businesses, are built on three things: people, education and ideas. By opening our nation’s doors to people ready to build new lives and abide by the Constitution, the U.S. has become a stronger, more vibrant nation. By investing heavily in public education, the nation transformed both natives and newcomers into literate, numerate Americans ready … Continue reading Time to reinforce the building blocks of the American dream

Report slams Texas’ underfunding of public schools

By John Austin   Jul 29, 2018 AUSTIN — Texas’ school-age population is the nation’s fastest-growing, with about 850,000 new pupils in the past decade, but over the same period, the state cut public-education spending by $2.5 billion. The cuts are second only to Florida’s, according to a new report from the American Federation of Teachers, which tracks post-recession education investments nationwide. Instead of spending on … Continue reading Report slams Texas’ underfunding of public schools

If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

If you care about public education, about what Arizona students are learning and how well prepared they are to succeed in college and beyond, you should care who wins the election for superintendent of public instruction. Even if the office is largely administrative. The education superintendent alone can’t change what we pay teachers, what we teach students or how we grade schools’ performance. That’s up to … Continue reading If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

What is Gov. Matt Bevin doing with Kentucky’s education boards?

Mandy McLaren,  July 22, 2018  Gov. Matt Bevin is doubling down on the use of executive power to expand his authority over the future of Kentucky’s public schools. Bevin quietly altered or abolished several education boards this month through executive order, reasoning that the changes will streamline bureaucracy and enhance student learning. But his main political foe is calling the shakeup illegal. “The Bevin administration … Continue reading What is Gov. Matt Bevin doing with Kentucky’s education boards?

Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Shelby Perea and Dan Boyd Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 A judge’s ruling that New Mexico has not been meeting its constitutional obligation to provide a sufficient education for all students — especially those characterized as at-risk — continued to reverberate Monday, with plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit hailing it as a harbinger of a fairer K-12 system. But the Public Education Department told the Journal … Continue reading Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Does Florida Provide ‘High Quality’ Public Education? State Supremes Ready to Wade in

JIM SAUNDERS  July 24, 2018 – When Florida voters went to the polls in 1998, more than 70 percent approved a constitutional amendment that required the state to provide an “uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality” system of public schools. But two decades later, the Florida Supreme Court is preparing to wade into a long-running battle about whether the state has adequately carried out … Continue reading Does Florida Provide ‘High Quality’ Public Education? State Supremes Ready to Wade in

Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Adam Miller, executive director of the Florida Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, explains rule proposals to the state Board of Education on July 18, 2018. [The Florida Channel] By Jeffrey Solochek Published: July 18, 2018 Satisfied the program has safeguards in place to prevent fraud, the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a rule governing the state’s new tax-credit scholarship for students who claim they … Continue reading Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students