Funding Tag

South Bend, Indiana, Transformation Plan Hits ESSA Snag…

According to Ted Booker at the South Bend Tribune, the Indiana city’s “blueprint for turning around five struggling South Bend schools was crafted with the understanding that federal school improvement grant money would be available for five years to help make staffing and curriculum changes.” However, the “five-year...

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California Funding Increase and Effectiveness

In this piece, Aaron Garth Smith takes a look at  California’s latest increase in education funding. Garth Smith argues that the additional funding must be accompanied by more effectiveness, citing that under ESSA, states have to publicly report school-level, per-pupil spending. “Since California has to...

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Widespread Support for SEL

This recent teacher and administrator survey from RAND notes that it’s no surprise that support for SEL is growing across the country given that research “shows that students’ social and emotional competencies are related to improvements in achievement and in other outcomes.” In addition, the...

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Fostering Teacher Preparedness on SEL

In this recent Learning Policy Institute report, authors Hanna Melnick and Lorea Martinez note that “federal, state, and local efforts can support school and district leaders’ learning about SEL and administrators’ role in supporting teachers and students.” States can use federal dollars to foot the...

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Principal Concerns and ESSA

Also in Education Week, Denisa R. Superville takes a look at a recent survey from MCH Strategic Data, which finds that the “issues that weigh heavily on principals’ minds remained more or less the same.” This year, though “the level of concern on the principals’...

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Can States Just Ignore ESSA?

In Education Week, as part of the publication’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to a query posed by Sheryl Santos-Hatchett of the University of North Texas: “What if a state refuses to follow through on or retracts a state plan and doesn’t care...

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Dems Push Bill to Increase Dept of Education’s Budget

According to this Andrew Ujifusa blog post in Education Week, a bill in Congress to increase the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by more than $4 billion will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives after passage out of the House Appropriation Committee....

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Democrats to Unveil Education Spending Bill

In this Education Week piece, Andrew Ujifusa provides an overview of “what to watch for” as Democrats “consider as spending bill” that “funds the U.S. Department of Education for fiscal 2020.” One program to watch is the proposed “$1.2 billion program that supports school safety,...

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New Mexico Ditches A-F School Ratings

Cindy Long reports that New Mexico’s new Governor and Secretary of Education will “amend the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), scrap the A-F school grading system and replace the policy of labeling schools as ‘failing’ in favor of actually supporting schools in need and celebrating...

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NSBA’s Three Tips to “Give Data a Voice”

According to this new report from the National School Boards Association, under ESSA, “each state educational agency (SEA) and local educational agency (LEA) that receives Title I Part A funds must prepare and disseminate an annual report card that includes a variety of data about...

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