Schools are receiving less state funding than last year in at least 37 states, and in at least 30 states school funding now stands below 2008 levels -- often far below. These cuts are attributable to the failure of the federal government to extend emergency fiscal aid to states and school districts and the failure of most states to enact needed revenue increases and instead to balance their budgets solely through spending cuts.
This report looks at America's Pre-K-12 public schools -- from the perspective of what Americans are reading and hearing in their local newspapers and media broadcasts. Sifting through these on-the-ground accounts revealed that there is indeed a growing crisis in America's public schools that hinges on two factors: state austerity budgets that cut funds from services to students and families, and new policies redirecting tax dollars meant for public schools to charters.
At the Edge finds that 80 percent of the districts surveyed eliminated teaching positions and more than half were forced to increase class sizes as a result of the state's $1.3 billion cut. It's plain and simple, school cuts HURT. The hurt is even greater because New York students are being robbed of learning opportunities as part of a budget pushed by Gov. Cuomo that gives millionaires a $5 billion tax break. Read and share the report. Stay informed. New York's example can't be repeated in other states.
In a recent PBS NewsHour segment, education blogger John Merrow gives us a stark illustration of how budget cuts are having dire effects on schools by taking a closer look at Mifflin County, Pa. Because of budget cuts there, Superintendent James Estey had to close five of the county’s 13 schools, fire teachers, increase class sizes, and cut Advanced Placement course offerings.
This report, released by The Pew Center on the States, urges our nation’s policymakers to move our public education from a K-12 to a Pre-K-12 system. The report outlines how starting children earlier will be more effective in developing the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school.
A new study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the value of a college degree is increasing. The study shows that people with bachelor’s degrees earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, up from 75 percent in 1999. Read more>.
The overuse of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests across has pushed many youths -- especially those of color -- out of school and into jail. The Advancement Project’s action kit is intended to help parents, youth, advocates and educators address the school-to-prison pipeline so they can create better learning environments. Read more>.
A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis shows that nearly half of all states have made "significant cuts" in public education, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and children of color.
Transitions are seldom easy, but they provide are an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and set new directions. That’s why Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters Pennsylvania, is urging her city to take its time before hiring a new superintendent of schools to create a new vision and direction for the city’s public school system. Coming together now around a clear mandate and plan for expanding educational opportunity now will help the district find the right person for this critical position. Here’s what Susan writes:
In a new brief from the Pew Center on the States, Timothy Bartik argues that investing in early childhood helps with job creation in the short term and also creates a stronger future workforce. His comprehensive model combines well-designed business incentives with high-quality early childhood programs.