• Education

    State orders Utah charter school to pay back $3 million in misspent special education funds

    Utah Board of Education approves amount, but American Preparatory Academy administrators say they’ll appeal. (Photo courtesy of American Preparatory Academy) Pictured is American Preparatory Academy in Draper.   | Feb. 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m. A Utah charter school has been ordered to pay back nearly $3 million in special education funding that state auditors say was not actually spent on services for students with disabilities. After months of reviewing the ledgers at American Preparatory Academy, the accounting team at the Utah Board of Education reported that it was unable to find any system that showed the money was “being properly expended.” And the board voted last week to accept the team’s…

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    Local legislators want Hamilton County to agree new state education funds fit their definition of ‘classroom teachers’

    NASHVILLE — Local legislators are pressing Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and county school leaders to restrict the system’s share of the $42.9 million recently approved by the Tennessee General Assembly for education salary increases to boost pay only for what the lawmakers consider actual “classroom teachers.” Both of the county delegation’s two senators and all five representatives are defining that as someone licensed to teach and who also spends 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} or more of their time “on the job instructing students in the classroom or through other instructional means such as online instruction.” In their letter to Coppinger, school board chairman Joe Wingate, other school board members and Superintendent Bryan Johnson,…

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    COVID education funds aimed at extra classroom time help offset learning disruptions

    State Superintendent Eric Mackey told legislators today about efforts to use education funds, including the latest round of federal dollars provided by Congress for COVID-19 relief, to help students make up the learning time they’ve missed because of the pandemic. Mackey gave a presentation and answered questions at the State House as lawmakers began budget hearings in preparations for the legislative session, which starts Feb. 2. The most recent coronavirus relief package from Congress, approved in December, will send $899 million to Alabama for public schools. The money is in addition to what Alabama received to support education last spring from the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Mackey…

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    Tax revenue from online betting and gaming to benefit multiple funds

    The new business is expected to generate more than $90 million for the state in the first year. MICHIGAN, USA — Online gambling is underway in Michigan and comes with all new taxes. Sports bets will be taxed at 8.4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, and online gaming between 20{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} and 28{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. So where is that money all going? “$500,000 goes to the Compulsive Gaming Prevention Fund. Then there is two million dollars that goes to the First Responders Presumed Coverage Fund,” says David Zin, Chief Economist for the Senate Fiscal Agency. “And then what’s left over goes to the School Aid Fund.” Zin helped conduct financial analysis of the online gaming bill for the…

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    Large lottery jackpots help generate funds for education in Ohio

    In 2020, $1.16 billion was transferred to the Lottery Profits Education Fund by: Chandler Blackmond Posted: Jan 14, 2021 / 06:36 PM EST / Updated: Jan 14, 2021 / 07:27 PM EST (WKBN) – The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots continue climbing to levels where even the dreaming gets foggy — $750 million Friday night for the Mega Millions and $640 million for Saturday’s Powerball. It has been an exciting week for both jackpots. “We’re talking over $1.3 billion worth of jackpots in the next couple of days so it’s really exciting,” said Danielle Frizzi-Babb, communications director for the Ohio Lottery. Frizzi-Babb says in 2019, the Ohio Lottery Commission made…

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