• Education

    Alabama education chief wants $800 million more for teachers and students in 2023 budget

    Want more state education news? Sign up for The Alabama Education Lab’s free, weekly newsletter, Ed Chat. Alabama education officials have big plans for the 2022-23 school year, judging by the more than $800 million increase they’ll request when the legislative session starts in January. “The amount of [state] money we think is going to be available this year is going to be phenomenal,” Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey told board members during a presentation of the proposed ask. The education trust fund, which pays for schools, is expected to grow 16% year over year. The current fiscal year, which determines how much money lawmakers will have to distribute, ends Sept.…

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  • Online School

    Des Moines schools’ budget amended to cover COVID-19-related expenses

    In its budget for the next year, Des Moines public schools will be paying to improve air circulation and ventilation in its buildings as well as for more laptops and digital devices for students. Both moves, approved by the Des Moines School Board Tuesday night, were informed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The board unanimously approved the $578 million budget in April for the 2021-22 school year. It lowered tax rates for homeowners at the cost of millions in cuts to staff retirement incentives, health benefits, payroll and more. The budget increases the board approved Tuesday will support instruction and construction.  The expenses will be covered by funds the district expects to receive as part of the federal Elementary and Secondary…

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  • Education

    Colorado education budget restores programs, helps at-risk students

    After a hard year, Colorado schools and universities will get a big boost in the budget Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday. The $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 represents a nearly 11{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase from this year’s budget, which involved deep cuts made at the height of COVID restrictions. The state economy turned out to fare much better than feared, and lawmakers could roll forward savings from this year to bolster next fiscal year’s budget. “I’m proud to be signing a bill that will safeguard Colorado’s fiscal future,” Polis said at a signing ceremony. “We’re also making a significant investment in schools … It’s…

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  • Education

    Biden unveils $1.5 trillion budget plan for 2022

    Many of the programs Biden seeks to fund at higher levels starting in October are initiatives that President Donald Trump had unsuccessfully tried to slash while in the White House. In a further break with Trump, who labored to spend sizable sums on defense during his term, Biden’s new plan calls for a less than 2 percent increase for the military in the upcoming fiscal year. Story continues below advertisement But the administration’s approach quickly divided lawmakers from both parties. Senior Senate Republicans accused the president of trying to shortchange the Pentagon, alleging that this would put the country at a disadvantage against China. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and…

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  • Science

    Record education budget aims to improve teaching in math, science

    Alabama lawmakers and educators are working on a plan to attract more qualified teachers in math and science, an effort to fix a shortage of teachers trained to teach those subjects. The Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) program would create a new pay scale for math and science teachers in grades 6-12 starting next school year. They could earn as much as about $16,000 more than teachers of other subjects with the same levels of experience and education. The Senate approved the plan Thursday, along with a record $7.7 billion education budget for fiscal year 2022, which starts Oct. 1. The Senate approved start-up funding for…

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  • Jobs

    Minimum wage hike to $15 an hour by 2025 would result in 1.4 million unemployed, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says

    The White House’s proposal would raise the minimum wage from its current level, $7.25, to $15 with increases of approximately $1.50 every year for five years. On one hand, the CBO estimated that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would cost 1.4 million jobs and increase the deficit by $54 billion over 10 years. But it also estimated the policy would lift 900,000 people out of poverty and raise income for 17 million people — about 1 in 10 workers. Another 10 million who have wages just above that amount could potentially see increases, as well, the CBO reported. The net pay going to the country’s…

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  • Home Schooling

    Top tips for homeschooling on a budget

    HOMESCHOOLING can put pressure on families’ budgets but there are ways to help look after those pennies. Homeschooling needn’t be too taxing on the household finances. Kevin Mountford, the co-founder of the savings platform, Raisin, has drawn up six top tips to help those homeschooling on a budget. Use packed lunches or cupboard items Lunches do not have to cost a lot. Keeping children well fed during the day may be one thing, but overfeeding them is also another. If you’re not receiving free school meals, fancy lunches do not need to be a thing. Sandwiches, beans on toast, eggs are all great items to have for lunch, so keep…

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