Tag Archives: School Funding in the States

A Beatdown for Brownback

NPR reports on the Kansas legislature putting Governor Sam Brownback in his place after his failed experiment in governing without money. Turns out, you can’t run government without revenue. The Kansas Supreme Court has already ruled the schools there are woefully underfunded and is requiring the legislature to pony up the funds necessary to properly […]

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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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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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Teacher Town, USA?

Teacher Town, USA. You’ve heard of it, right? It’s also known as Memphis, Tennessee. That’s the idea, anyway. To turn Memphis into a place where the best and brightest young teachers come to teach. And where they end up staying and teaching and making a long-term impact. This article points to the focus in Memphis […]

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Does KY GOP have an Education Agenda?

From Kentucky Education Report: The Kentucky Senate begins its 2014 session today and Senate Republicans have released a list of their top 5 priorities. Senate President Robert Stivers issued a press release outlining the GOP’s goals for 2014. They include: 1) Reigning in the Governor by giving the legislature the power to overturn administrative regulations […]

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School Funding in the States: What is BEP 2.0?

This article first appeared in Tennessee Education Report I’ve written before about the importance of fixing Tennessee’s school funding formula (the BEP) and doing so by fully-funding BEP 2.0. But, what is BEP 2.0? And what would it mean if fully-funded? Well, here’s Governor Bredesen’s 2007 speech outlining the BEP 2.0 changes (developed with then […]

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