• Education

    Billions of California education dollars unaccounted for

    It’s been eight years since then-Gov. Jerry Brown restructured California’s school funding formulas to direct billions of dollars to the state’s neediest students. But, in 2019, state Auditor Elaine Howle confirmed what critics had been saying for years: State and local tax money allocated under the formula had apparently been used instead to boost overall spending throughout school districts. It wasn’t exactly clear where the money had gone once it reached the districts. Howle’s findings are reinforced by a new report this month from Policy Analysis for California Education, an independent research center that draws from Stanford, University of Southern California and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis…

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  • Education

    Education investments pay off, apprehension on gas stoves and federal stimulus dollars come to Nevada

    Behind the Bar is The Nevada Independent’s newsletter devoted to comprehensive and accessible coverage of the 2021 Legislature.  This week, the secretary of state says she still hasn’t found any examples of widespread voter fraud, apprehension is expressed by certain Democratic lawmakers on banning gas stoves and we have results from some high-profile K-12 education initiatives. Check this link to manage your newsletter subscriptions. The newsletter is published on Mondays and Thursdays. I want to hear from you! Questions, comments, observations, jokes, what you think we should be covering or paying attention to. Email me at [email protected] A mere 42 days ago, former President Donald Trump signed the $900 billion…

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  • Online School

    Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools

    “In a time when school districts everywhere face the heartbreak of knowing they cannot provide all the services their students need and deserve, it is critical that lawmakers act as conservative stewards of the state’s tax dollars by focusing funding on the schools where it can do the greatest good for the greatest number of the state’s students,” the report says. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated. About 10 percent of public school students in California attend charter schools — both brick-and-mortar and online. According to the report, nearly 175,000 California students in 2018-2019 were enrolled in online charter schools, representing 27 percent of all charter school students…

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  • Jobs

    Agenda dollars are buying state government jobs

    Did you know that Minnesota government is for sale? That is, with enough money and an appropriate agenda, you can hire your own staffer to inject your private agenda into an important government office of your choosing? In 2013, the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation founded its Resilient Cities program and committed $164 million toward hiring chief resilience officers (CROs) in 100 cities around the globe. Minneapolis eagerly jumped on the bandwagon and received $129,508 from the foundation in 2017 to fund the city’s first CRO. That position was filled by former DFL state Rep. Kate Knuth, whose salary was paid for by the Rockefeller grant. According to the foundation, “Minneapolis’s…

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  • Education

    Cuomo’s proposed budget boosts education dollars, even as NY cuts its spending

    With new federal coronavirus relief, schools across New York would receive a $2.1 billion increase in overall funding next school year under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal. It was not immediately clear how much money New York City schools would receive because Cuomo’s budget office had not released district-by-district funding estimates as of Tuesday evening. But the city had hoped to receive about $2 billion in federal aid for its schools and urged the state not to supplant its own contribution with the federal money — which is, in part, what Cuomo’s proposal calls for. Anything less than $2 billion in additional funding will hamper the city’s ability to reopen…

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  • Education

    With Public Education Resources Stretched Thin, Missouri Charters Ask The State For More Local Dollars | KCUR 89.3

    Charter advocates are once again hoping Missouri lawmakers will change how schools are funded to give them access to more local revenue. Doug Thaman, the executive director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association, said charter schools aren’t getting their fair share of property taxes. “There are local lines of funding that were left out of state law, and a portion of property tax is locked in at a rate that is from 2005, so going on 16 years,” Thaman said. MCPSA estimates charters receive about $1,000 less per pupil than traditional public schools as a result. But persuading lawmakers to “fix the glitch” hasn’t been easy. Charter advocates tried…

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  • Home Schooling

    Trump opens up federal dollars for private school vouchers amid pandemic

    The order opens up federal money provided to states under the Community Services Block Grant program — a roughly $700 million-a-year program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services — to pay for “private school tuition, home schooling, micro schooling, learning-pod expenses, special education services, or tutoring.” The executive action helps to advance the Trump administration’s school choice agenda in its waning days in office. Politico reported in November that the executive action was among a flurry of moves that the White House has planned for its final weeks even as Trump refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden. Key context: Using public money for private…

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