What Post-Covid Schools Could Look Like-Starting This Fall

Writing for Future Ed, Karen Hawley Miles envisions a future for public schooling that makes the most of current flexibilities. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Let’s not repeat the mistakes the education sector made in responding to the last major disruption of the education system. In the wake of the 2008 recession, many school Read more about What Post-Covid Schools Could Look Like-Starting This Fall[…]

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Fully Developing the Potential of Academically Advanced Students

A new AEI paper by Jonathan Wai and Frank C. Worrell, “Fully Developing the Potential of Academically Advanced Students: Helping Them Will Help Society” argues that gifted students are often left out of education reform conversations. In the $59.8 billion 2015 federal education budget, one dollar was spent on gifted and talented education for every Read more about Fully Developing the Potential of Academically Advanced Students[…]

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School Districts Get Advice on ‘Doing More With Less’: Report reflects new realities

With America’s public schools unlikely to return to past funding levels in the near future, the District Management Council (http://www.dmjournal.org/spending-money-wisely/) released a policy guide this week to help districts thrive, rather than just survive, within the constraints of their new fiscal realities. In the main report, “Spending Money Wisely: Getting the Most From School District Read more about School Districts Get Advice on ‘Doing More With Less’: Report reflects new realities[…]

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Hess and Kelly: What should a federal education agenda look like?

In a time when the Obama Administration’s tenure is winding down and when Congress has yet to make any significant progress toward a remake of ESEA, some measured thoughts about the role of the federal government in American education are quite timely. Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly, of the American Enterprise Institute, have Read more about Hess and Kelly: What should a federal education agenda look like?[…]

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Budget Impact on Education, Families and Children

The new budget bill, which moved through both houses of Congress quickly and was easily passed by both houses, represents a 2.6 percent increase over the post-sequester budget for FY 2013.  The fiscal relief is not evenly spread, with some programs receiving significant increases and others continuing at lower levels. CLASP has deep expertise in Read more about Budget Impact on Education, Families and Children[…]

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Federal Education Budget Update

New America’s education experts have deciphered the 2013 and 2014 budget actions, with a particular view to how they affect education. In the report, “Federal Education Budget Update: Fiscal Year 2013 Recap and Fiscal Year 2014 Early Analysis,” Jason Delisle and Clare McCann explore congressional budget actions over the past year and describe the effects Read more about Federal Education Budget Update[…]

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DREAM: The Free Cost-modeling Tool for School Districts

In the current economic climate, with budget cuts a necessity and many states seeing their education budget battles going to state supreme courts, states and districts need help weathering the storm.  DREAM hopes to help states and districts do just that with a “new way to explore school budgets.” DREAM was created by Education Resource Read more about DREAM: The Free Cost-modeling Tool for School Districts[…]

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How much does Standardized Testing actually cost?

The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution has recently released a report on the current cost of standardized testing in United States.  The purpose of the study is to shed light on current costs so that there will be an accurate baseline upon which to compare new statistics once Common Core testing Read more about How much does Standardized Testing actually cost?[…]

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Big City Districts Bail on TIF Grants

Three large school districts, Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York, have bailed out of Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants.  The Teacher Incentive Fund’s competitive grant program aims at promoting performance-based compensation and PD for educators.  Overall, the three districts forfeited $88 million. The problem?  A lack of teacher buy-in for the grants’ promises.  Under the first Read more about Big City Districts Bail on TIF Grants[…]

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Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom

Since the end of the recession three years ago, 300,000 educators have lost their jobs—7,000 in the last month alone, according to a new White House report.  These startling numbers have led the Obama administration to sound the alarm on education spending cuts across the country. In Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Read more about Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom[…]

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Financial Analyses of Redesigned Teacher Roles

Using financial analyses, Public Impact shows how redesigned teacher roles that extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students free funds to pay those teachers up to 130 percent more, within current budgets. Multi-classroom leadership can pay teachers up to about 130% more Elementary subject specialization can pay teachers up to 43% more Swapping Read more about Financial Analyses of Redesigned Teacher Roles[…]

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Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, Encouraged Common Core

Education stimulus funds largely met the goal of saving or creating jobs for K-12 teachers and other education personnel, according to a summary of three years of survey research by the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University (CEP). However, ongoing state budget shortfalls have slowed state implementation of education reforms tied to Read more about Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, Encouraged Common Core[…]

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Achieving More for Less in U.S. Education with a Value-Based Approach

As school districts across the nation struggle with demands to do more with less, it is increasingly imperative that they adopt a “value-based” approach to budgeting and decision making for K-12 education, according to The Boston Consulting Group. In this report entitled Achieving More for Less in U.S. Education with a Value-Based Approach, experts in Read more about Achieving More for Less in U.S. Education with a Value-Based Approach[…]

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Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core

On May 30, the Fordham Institute released a new report evaluating the potential cost of implementing the Common Core, the first in a wave of such evaluations.  This report addresses three key questions: What are the short-term costs of moving to the Common Core?  In other words, what will be the initial expenses (instructional materials, Read more about Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core[…]

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The “New Normal”

While the economy may be showing signs of life, local school districts nationwide continue to struggle mightily. The “new normal” of tougher budget times is here to stay for American K-12 education. So how can local officials cope? This Fordham Institute released a policy brief earlier this month, authored by Executive VP of the Institute, Read more about The “New Normal”[…]

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Behind the Collapse of a Teacher Residency Program

In the spring of 2011, Pittsburgh Public Schools selected its first 38 recruits for a new teacher residency program.  Nearly 1,000 candidates had applied for the year-long program, which included active teaching service combined with mentoring, professional certification, and a salary of $39,000—in return for a commitment to teach in the Pittsburgh public school system Read more about Behind the Collapse of a Teacher Residency Program[…]

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