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TN’s Broken School Funding Formula

From Tennessee Education Report: For the past two years, Gov. Haslam has proposed and the General Assembly has adopted education budgets that included four percent increases in state appropriations for the instructional salary component of the BEP. That means Tennessee teachers have received four percent raises in back-to-back years, right? Wrong. Instead, some teachers have […]

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The Economic Impact of Investing in Schools

Does improving schools have a long-term economic impact? That’s the question a group of researchers recently set out to answer. The short answer: Yes. The longer answer: School quality impacts state GDP. That is, there’s a clear correlation between school quality and a state’s economic success — states with higher-performing schools have better GDP’s. Here’s […]

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School Funding Victory in Connecticut

After an 11-year legal battle, a judge yesterday issued an order requiring Connecticut’s governor and legislature to develop an adequate, equitable funding formula for the state’s schools. The Hartford Courant reports: Declaring that “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state […]

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Attendance Audit May Close Online Charter in Ohio

I reported yesterday on attempts by an online charter school in Ohio to prevent an attendance audit for fear that the actual numbers related to student attendance would result in a significant loss of funding for the school. Today, that school is suggesting that if the audit proceeds, the school may have to close. From […]

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Is It Anything?

Analysis of legislation proposed in Tennessee reveals nothing … or something very, very bad: Representative Bill Dunn of Knoxville has proposed an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that purports to remove the requirement that the General Assembly adequately fund public schools in the state. However, an Attorney General’s opinion published on March 29 notes: “… the […]

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Toward a New BEP

From Tennessee Education Report: It’s also worth noting that every single district in the state hires teachers beyond the BEP-generated number. Typically, around 12-15% more than what the BEP formula generates. Districts cover the full cost of salary and insurance for all teachers hired beyond the BEP number. If districts only hired the BEP number […]

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School Buildings Matter

The Washington Post reports on a study that indicates that funding for school buildings lags far behind existing need. From the report: The nation is spending $46 billion less each year on school construction and maintenance than is necessary to ensure safe and healthy facilities, according to estimates in a new report. The study, released by a […]

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Chronic Underfunding Hurts Urban Schools

In a recent article, US News explores the funding challenges faced by urban school districts around the country. The article notes: In fact, some states are providing even less funding per student than they did prior to the recession, according to a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At least 25 […]

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How TN Can Invest More in Schools

A modest proposal over at Tennessee Education Report: First, state revenues are continuing a trend of coming in over projections.  Andrea Zelinski notes: Year to date nine months into the fiscal year, state revenues are $444 million more than anticipated. So, if Tennessee invested 100% of these over-collections into K-12 education, we’d come very close […]

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Does Money Matter to Schools?

No. Not according to the “in-crowd” of ed reformers. The edu-hipsters would have you believe that we can overcome poverty and other challenges simply by more rigor and firing teachers based on sketchy value-added data. But, I’ve written two articles this week based on data from Tennessee that suggest that investment in schools does matter. […]

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