- More Fifth Column than Fourth Estate
Citing new Census figures, the New York Times claims that “public school districts spent an average of $10,499 per student on elementary and secondary education in the 2009 fiscal year.” But according to the most recent issue of the Digest of Education Statistics, expenditures haven’t been that low for over a decade.
- How to Reform School Boards
Those who promote reforms in elementary and secondary education are remiss if they don’t take note of the role of school boards, however insignificant those entities may seem. I conclude that these are at least four major areas to address when it comes to school board reform:
- The Condition of Education
The Condition of Education (COE) is a congressionally mandated annual report that summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available statistics. The report presents statistical indicators containing text, figures, and tables describing important developments in the status and trends of education from early childhood learning through graduate-level education.
- Bartlett site chosen for 1st SCS charter school
A nonprofit organization authorized by the state to open Shelby County Schools’ first charter school plans for it to be in Bartlett. Smart Schools plans to open the New Consortium of Law and Business to about 35 seventh-graders in the county district this fall and add another grade next year.
- Growth in Education Spending Slowed in 2009
The nation’s overall education spending grew at a slower pace in 2009 than at any other time in more than a decade, amid deepening state fiscal woes and flatter tax revenues, according to new census figures released Wednesday. Employee benefits, including pensions and health care, continued to be the fastest-growing cost in education, increasing at twice the rate of salaries, according to the figures. For instance, benefits accounted for 22 cents of every $1 spent on schools in 2009, compared with 17 cents in 2002.
- Report shows education choices expanding across US
When it comes to education choices from kindergarten up through college – the decision is no longer simple. The most recent figures show charter schools served 1.4 million students in 2008-09, up from 340,000 at the start of the decade. Allen predicts charter school enrollment could reach 3 million children by 2015 if the pace continues.
- Race to the Cradle
Yesterday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced how $700 million in new Race to the Top money will be employed: $200 million to get close-loser states in the last RTTT to once again jump through hoops and grovel before their federal overloards, and $500 million for a new “early-learning” obedience contest. If this isn’t a recipe for ultimate federal control of pre-K, I don’t know what is…
- Delusional Howard Dean Says Union War On Charter Schools Nearing End
Unions are the death knell for charter schools, and that’s exactly what the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association want. At first the unions tried to prevent the formation of charter schools. That didn’t work, so now they are trying to infiltrate and destroy them from within. The American people should be aware of this dangerous effort to kill a very promising educational option.