Let the Dollars Follow the Child

How the federal government can achieve equity

How the federal government can achieve equity

Fixing Teacher Pensions

Is it enough to adjust existing plans?

Is it enough to adjust existing plans?

The New Worst Way to Deal with Budget Problems

Of all of the options, reducing the length of the school year must be the absolute worst – at least from the perspective of students. But California, always proud of being a leader, has written into law that this is the preferred option if districts face budgetary shortfalls.

Why the GOP Budget Plan Might Be Good for Education

Before you reflexively deride this week’s GOP budget proposal consider this: it just might pave the way for greater investments in our schools.

School Funding: Do We Have to be as Poor as Our Neighbor?

In a provocative new school funding case, a federal court judge in Kansas City ruled against parents from the suburban Shawnee Mission school district who had wanted to increase property taxes above the state mandated limit. This is a local control debate that is sure to heat up as we stumble through the current financial crisis.

Does Whole-School Performance Pay Improve Student Learning?

Evidence from the New York City schools

Evidence from the New York City schools

By Sarena Goodman and Lesley Turner    Journal, On Top of the News, Research, School Spending  

Toothless Reform?

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

Fueling the Engine

Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators

Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators

Straddling the Democratic Divide

Will reforms follow Obama's spending on education?

Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?

No Recession for Schools

The Winter 2010 issue of Education Next is just  hitting newsstands (and subscribers’ mailboxes).  Paul Peterson visits the sunny side of recessions in “A Recession for Schools: Not as bad as it sounds,” his “Letter from the Editors” for the new issue. “Recessions cause lots of harm, but they also eliminate bloat, fat, even fraud,” […]

A Recession for Schools

Not as bad as it sounds

Not as bad as it sounds

Lost Opportunities

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Teacher Retirement Benefits

Even in economically tough times, costs are higher than ever.

Even in economically tough times, costs are higher than ever.

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, Now What?

Is court involvement in school spending essential to reform, or can we use education funding to drive reforms that promise better outcomes for students?

Fraud in the Lunchroom?

Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty

Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty

Accountability Overboard

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation's most successful reforms

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms

“The Cartel” in New Jersey

New Jersey is #1 in spending per public school student. Where does the money go, and why so much? The answers may be found in some of the bizarre and dismaying facts and stories recounted in a new education documentary entitled “The Cartel”.

Golden Handcuffs

Teachers who change jobs or move pay a high price

Teachers who change jobs or move pay a high price

The Phony Funding Crisis

Even in the worst of times, schools have money to spend

Even in the worst of times, schools have money to spend

By Arthur Peng and    Features, Homepage, School Spending  

Florida’s Online Option

Virtual school offers template for reform

Virtual school offers template for reform

Making Mountains Out of Molehills? Let the Reader Decide

A recent “Policy Memorandum” from the Economic Policy Institute by EPI researcher Monique Morrissey is sharply critical of our article “Peaks, Cliffs, and Valleys.” Morrissey has a number of critiques of our articles, but the main one, as the title suggests, is that our metaphors are inappropriate, and there is nothing at all “peculiar” about the structure of retirement incentives in teacher pensions.

A Little Context Needed for Complaints about School Revenue Shortfalls

The general public is woefully uninformed as to how much is spent on K-12 public education and, by extension, how much that spending has grown. Why would this be the case? No mystery, really.

The Preschool Picture

Focus funds on kids in need

Universal preschool will be a boon for middle-class parents. How it will help poor kids catch up is not so obvious.

May 2009 Rally for DC Voucher Program

Photos: Images from the May 2009 rally for the DC Voucher Program held in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.

By Education Next    Photos, School Spending, State and Federal  
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