Education nation

May 4, 2017

Kansas funding feud

School funding in Kansas was decimated after Sam Brownback became governor in 2011 and started slashing taxes. But the state court is demanding changes.

March 2, 2017

A cautionary tale of vouchers from Indiana

Does Indiana’s school voucher program, one of the country’s largest and most rapidly expanding programs, offer a glimpse into the future of education during the Trump administration?

January 5, 2017

Trump pick would be a 'disaster'

Don't confuse Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for education, secretary, with run-of-the-mill charter advocates. Her goal is "the full dismantling of public schools in favor of religious and private schools," says one critic.

November 3, 2016

Familiar faces in Massachusetts charter cap battle

Massachusetts has become a major battleground for corporate education reformers intent on expanding the charter sector this fall. Their goal: to lift the 120-school statewide cap on charter schools. Their vehicle: a binding referendum on the ballot on Nov. 8.

September 8, 2016

Christie funding plan would hurt neediest kids

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, announced in June a proposal to rip up the state’s formula for distributing $9 billion in state school aid and replace it with one-size-fits-all funding: $6,599 for each student, whether the student is struggling in an impoverished block of Newark or thriving in the suburbs of Summit.

June 2, 2016

Union fights to save Chicago public schools

Today, public schools in Chicago are in crisis and a possible teachers’ strike looms. Since July 2015, Chicago teachers have worked without a contract. The city, which funds teacher pensions, has skipped payments for 10 years.

April 7, 2016

The crisis of crumbling Detroit schools

When fed-up Detroit teachers staged a “sickout” for several days in January, shutting down all but nine of the district’s 97 schools on one day, they drew back the curtain on the woeful condition of the city’s schools: buckling floors, gaping holes in ceilings, malfunctioning boilers and furnaces, mold and rodents.

February 4, 2016

School budgets still lagging in most states

Bulging class sizes, stagnant salaries, fewer teachers and limited supplies of everything from books to copy paper: That is what the reduction in per-pupil state funding looks like in thousands of classrooms around the country since the Great Recession — despite a much vaunted economic recovery.

October 1, 2015

The Newark fiasco

Five years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave $100 million to public schools in Newark, NJ, it has come to light that millions of those dollars went to consultants and charter schools through a reform movement that has operated with little transparency or accountability.

May 7, 2015

States’ cuts to higher ed funding burden students, families

The nation’s public colleges and universities were founded on the principle that everyone should be able to afford a higher education.
But that principle is being challenged by states’ dwindling investment in their public institutions of higher education.

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