School Funding

Charter Schools Will Always Waste Money Because They Duplicate Services – Education Article

 You can’t save money buying more of what you already have.   Constructing two fire departments serving the same community will never be as cheap as having one.   Empowering two police departments to patrol the same neighborhoods will never be as economical as one.   Building two roads parallel to each other that go to exactly the same places will never be as cost effective as one.   This isn’t exactly rocket science. In fact, it’s an axiom of…

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Families protest outside school over early Friday closures | Education

Dozens of families have protested outside a school in Greater Manchester that is planning to close early on Fridays because it cannot afford to educate its pupils. The final straw came for parents after Vale View primary school in Reddish, Stockport, announced last week that nine staff members, including some of the most experienced teachers, were being made redundant and that the headteacher was leaving. Parents and schoolchildren held banners and wore badges reading “Save our teachers” outside the school…

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Busing and School Segregation Used for Politics not Policy – Education Article

 If children of all races went to the same schools with each other, it would be harder to treat them unequally.   Moreover, it would be harder for them to grow up prejudiced because they would have learned what it’s like to have classmates who are different from them.   And though most people agree with these premises in principle, our laws still refuse to make them a reality in fact.   Perhaps that’s why it was so astounding when…

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Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s – Education Article

    For most of my life, the United States has been neglecting its public school children – especially the black and brown ones.   Since the mid 1970s, instead of integrating our schools, we’ve been slowly resegregating them on the basis of race and social class.   Since the 1980s, instead of measuring academic success by the satisfaction of an individuals curiosity and authentic learning, we’ve been slowly redefining it to mean nothing but achievement on standardized tests.  …

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Standardized Tests Are Not Objective Measures of Anything – Education Article

 When it comes to standardized tests, most people are blinded by science.   Or at least the appearance of science.   Because there is little about these assessments that is scientific, factual or unbiased.   And that has real world implications when it comes to education policy.   First of all, the federal government requires that all public school children take these assessments in 3-8th grade and once in high school. Second, many states require teachers be evaluated by their…

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Fewer teachers but more pupils: the reality for secondary schools | Education

Secondary school pupils in England are experiencing more crowded classrooms and fewer teachers, according to Department for Education data which revealed teachers continuing to leave the profession in droves last year. The department’s own school workforce census, taken at the start of the academic year, showed a fall in the number of teachers in secondary schools alongside an increase in numbers of pupils. While the overall proportion of teachers leaving the profession – 42,000, or 9.8% – was lower than…

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Some English schools ‘can’t afford to teach five days a week’ | Education

More than 200 schools in England are cutting short the school week, or are actively consulting on it, because they cannot afford to educate their pupils for a full five days, according to campaigners. The figure was revealed on the eve of a demonstration in Westminster by parents and pupils protesting about a crisis in education funding, which means a growing number of children are being sent home at lunchtime every Friday so schools can save money. Organised by Labour…

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School Supply Truck Delivers Pencil and Papers to Teachers in Need – Education Article

In Baltimore City, a volunteer-supported school supply truck can often be seen making its colorful rounds through the city. Since 2018, the Baltimore City Supply Mobile has circulated between city schools to deliver pencils, paper, notebooks, and more to the teachers and students who need them. This genius program was started by who else? A classroom teacher. Melissa Badeker taught for Baltimore City Schools from 2007-2012. When she quit, she had nowhere to donate her leftover classroom supplies. So she…

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‘It’s just ridiculous’: why a London school is seeking charity help | Education

Ian Bennett has been headteacher of Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, for 16 years. In that time he has seen council support and funding ebb away, as poverty and deprivation among the families his school serves has grown. The result is that the needs of his pupils have become greater, but he worries that as cuts bite he will be able to help them less. Downshall (motto Dream, Persevere, Succeed) is a large, popular primary school serving a…

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School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap | Education

A cash-strapped school has turned to BBC Children in Need for funding to support disadvantaged pupils. Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, which has a large proportion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds – 89% of whom have English as a second language – has put in a bid to the charity for funding to pay for pastoral care for three years. The school has been forced to axe its team of two pastoral support workers because of budget constraints.…

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Special needs pupils ‘less likely to go from school nursery into its reception’ | Education

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are significantly less likely to progress from a school’s nursery into its reception than their classmates who have no special needs, according to research. A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science found more than a quarter (26%) of children with a statement of Send move from the school where they attended nursery to another school for reception, compared with 18% of children with no recorded Send. The findings…

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Charter School Lobbyist Introduces Elizabeth Warren at Rally – Education Article

  The biggest news from Elizabeth Warren’s rally in Oakland, California, on Friday wasn’t what she said.  It was who introduced her and what that says about Warren and her 2020 Presidential campaign.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Warren was introduced by Sonya Mehta, a former Oakland schoolteacher.”  However, this characterization is inaccurate.  Mehta was not an authentic public school teacher. She taught in a non-union charter school called “Learning Without Limits.” She also was a policy fellow at…

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Pupils with special educational needs to stage funding protests | Education

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are to stage protests across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school. Parents, disabled children and their supporters will march in more than 25 locations on Thursday, including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Widnes, Worthing, Stevenage, Leamington Spa, Matlock, Colchester and Dorchester. It is part of a campaign by families whose struggle to secure the support their children…

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SAT Adversity Score is an Antidote to Poison None of Us Need Take – Education Article

  Let’s say someone gave you a vial of poison.   Would you drink it? Of course not.   What if he gave you the antidote, too. Would you take the poison then?   Heck no!   Why would anyone knowingly ingest poison even if they knew they could counteract its effects?   But that’s pretty much the situation high school students across the country are in today with the SAT test.   The College Board has admitted that the…

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Former Ofsted head says government school funding claims are misleading | Education

The government is “misleading” the public with its claim of giving schools record levels of money, the former head of school standards has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector at Ofsted, also said proportionately fewer children from the north make it to university than from the south, adding that regional and ethnic differences were affecting educational success. Wilshaw, who stood down in 2016, waded into the row over government funding of education, warning that “huge progress” made in…

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Charter Schools Are Quietly Gobbling Up My Public School District
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  I work in a little suburban school district just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that is slowly being destroyed by privatization.   Steel Valley Schools have a proud history.   We’re located (in part) in Homestead – the home of the historic steel strike of 1892.   But today it isn’t private security agents and industrial business magnates against whom we’re struggling.   It’s charter schools, voucher schools and the pro-corporate policies that enable them to pocket tax dollars meant…

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