(AEI) Either Duncan will have to admit he handed out 4 billion borrowed bucks on the basis of unenforceable paper plans, or he’ll have to start trying to strong-arm states by holding new governors and state education chiefs to the commitments of their predecessors–and clawing back dollars from states that don’t comply. Neither of those scenarios is too appealing.
An analysis of the Anchorage School District contracts finds cost estimates significantly higher than the estimates provided by the ASD to the school board.
(NCAP) With a new union contract under her arm Chancellor Michelle Rhee, of the the District of Columbia, has fired 241 under-performing teachers. Recent teachers’ union negotiations have given teachers their own report cards, with large raises and the boot on either ends of the scale.
Sixty percent of students in New Orleans now attend charter schools. It’s expected to rise to 70 percent next year.
(Reason Magazine) While online education offers some great opportunities for kids, the traditional monopolies across the states are fighting to limit its growth.
Across the country, many cash-strapped districts fretting over likely layoffs are eyeing seniority rules as they hammer out new contracts. To the surprise of some district superintendents, contract negotiations are not likely to offer much relief. In fact, when it comes to seniority rules, and many other core aspects of teachers’ employment, the contract is not the problem. State law is.
A common claim by Michigan’s public school establishment and its political allies is that, despite spending $20 billion annually on education, our schools are “underfunded.”
(National Center for Policy Analysis) The sudden increase in property values and demand for housing in San Antonio’s Edgewood indicates the desire of parents to move into the district’s boundaries in order to qualify their child for the voucher program.
(AlaskaWatchdog.org) Facing rising costs and limited room for expansion, Alaska charter schools may soon be a thing of the past.
A state education association has asked a federal court to decide whether South Carolina freedom of information laws violate the group’s First Amendment rights.
A $23 billion education stimulus under consideration would save 250,000 teaching jobs, something the original ARRA should have done. Instead the funding was used to create more non-teaching positions.
ASD is getting ready to spend $300 million on West Romig renewal. But how will it affect student achievement?
On June 14th at 6:30, the Anchorage School Board will consider approving a master plan to rebuild West High School and Romig Middle School into a community center school.
(National Journal) Leaders of online education gathered to discuss the role that virtual learning must play in our nation’s future, saying brick-and-mortar classrooms won’t become obsolete but will be complemented by blended and virtual learning models.
No one disagrees that charter schools should be held accountable for their results. But, do charter schools have the flexibility to adapt and change to fit the individual needs of a child?
By David Boyle
On May 24, the Anchorage School District will consider the tentative teachers (AEA) contract for approval. The health insurance alone will cost $166,968,000 for the three year period. The process needs to allow the public more time to read the contract and offer their comments.