- Voters Widely Support Public Schools. So Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Them?
- Nov 14, 7:32 AM: If it were going to happen any year, it should have been this one. After a wave of teacher walkouts fired up people on both sides of the party line, the time seemed ripe for big investments in public schools.
- Advocates hope Gov. Wolf uses decisive election victory to seek large school funding boost
- > Nov 12, 5:47 AM: A Wagner victory would have paved the way for more school choice-friendly policies such as education savings accounts — which would divert some existing public school dollars to help parents pay for private school tuition. Wolf’s
- Column: Public schools’ struggle correlates directly to state voucher support
- > Nov 6, 6:48 AM: Since the 2008 recession, despite claims of spending more than ever on education, the state has gone too far it in its efforts to “equalize” and conserve school funding, resulting in uncontrollable school financial
- Opinion: We need more equitable school funding now
- > Oct 25, 5:07 AM: Dollars alone don't make great schools. But the failure to properly fund Fall River, Brockton, Worcester and Springfield schools even close to the levels of Concord or Newton or Dover means a dramatic difference in many of the key
- Opinion: It’s time to change school funding, through the Legislature
- > Oct 11, 7:15 AM: Last week’s MCAS results dramatically underscore what thousands of parents, teachers, administrators and students have known for years: Massachusetts has the very best public schools in the country – but the quality of education
- Opinion: Quality must remain the focus as Vermont and other states overhaul special education
- > Oct 10, 7:20 AM: As a Vermonter, I would be proud to see my state emerge as a leader balancing quality and cost containment — and provide a model for the rest of the country to follow. Every student has a right to a quality education, and children
- Hawaii Supreme Court to take up constitutional amendment battle as election nears
- Oct 5, 6:51 AM: The Hawaii Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on October 18th on whether to allow voters to decide if the state can collect property taxes on investment property to raise money for education.
- Philly’s $40K cab ride: What it says about modern, urban education
- > Sep 25, 5:50 AM: When school officials look at this budget line, they see a parable for modern, urban education. As parental prerogative and school choice chips away at the industrial-era machinery of a traditional school district, old efficiencies
- Push for more school funding gains ally
- > Sep 24, 6:36 AM: Massachusetts has long been ranked No. 1 on a number of national education benchmarks, including the SAT, but wide gaps in achievement persist in the state among students of different backgrounds, prompting more than a dozen
- Column: Basing school funding on child needs, not numbers
- Sep 14, 5:26 AM: For all students in Shelby County to have access to the high-quality public education they deserve, our school district must seek creative ways to address the complex issues that affect our diverse community and its students.
- Duval County Schools again outspend revenue
- Sep 11, 5:38 AM: Duval County Schools last year spent more than they took in in general revenues, a continuing sign of financial struggles for the 130,000-student district, an annual report shows.
- Commentary: More money won’t fix America’s schools
- > Sep 7, 7:30 AM: What our nation needs to understand is that the government cannot magically fix our problems through funding. If we want stronger schools, the first step comes from us, the citizenry, creating stronger communities that emphasize
- Arizona Lawmakers Cut Education Budgets. Then Teachers Got Angry.
- Sep 5, 6:51 AM: How a grassroots movement was born from educators working to find out why their schools are so poorly funded.
- Column: Movement Builds to Reform School Funding in New Hampshire
- > Aug 31, 5:12 AM: In Newport recently, about 150 people from around New Hampshire attended an informational session on school funding presented by Andru Volinksy and John Tobin — two of the attorneys who helped litigate a series of state Supreme
- What Public School Finance Officers Want You To Know About School Funding
- Aug 30, 6:10 AM: Educators across the state often complain of tight public school budgets that leave something to be desired. Two school finance officers explain what they want most: more flexibility and more funding.
- Landmark Pa. school-funding lawsuit appears headed to trial
- Aug 22, 7:12 AM: A landmark lawsuit challenging how Pennsylvania pays for public education is moving closer to trial after Commonwealth Court dismissed state lawmakers’ last remaining objection to the case.
- Commentary: Unions, Democrats paving the way for massive tax hikes for schools
- > Aug 21, 5:50 AM: But validating the suspicion that no amount of money will sate the entrenched status quo, teacher unions and their Democratic foot soldiers in the Legislature are now laying the groundwork for another round of massive tax
- State refunding $12 million to 687 short-changed school districts
- > Aug 8, 6:44 AM: In calculating the implementation of the federal funding formula for the 2017-18 school year, SED over-allocated $12 million to 275 charter schools and three Special Act schools. The miscalculation resulted in underpayments of the
- Column: Funding for public schools raises question
- > Aug 3, 7:12 AM: One question some folks have is: Why doesn’t state funding follow students back to their public school districts if they first choose to attend charter schools, then later return to the public schools in their
- Education advocates blast Legislature for inactivity on funding formula
- > Aug 2, 4:52 AM: State education leaders and advocates are slamming the Legislature for failing to take up the long-anticipated education foundation budget recommendations before this year’s session ended — an omission that may be ammunition for