The fact that Missouri’s defined benefit pension systems do not tie an individual’s contributions directly to his or her pension benefits causes numerous problems.
There’s clearly a slam-dunk case for eliminating—or at least dramatically shortening—summer vacation, which fits into a broader push to lengthen the school year beyond the 180 days that is typical in the U.S.
Rhode Island is among the few states that have enacted sweeping pension reforms. Accurate information about the effects of those changes is vital both locally and to other states deciding which changes to make to their own retirement systems.
The “stewards” of the system benefit the most
Without immediate action, the pension funding problem will grow worse and school districts will eventually get crushed—meaning tomorrow’s children will pay the price for yesterday’s adult irresponsibility. State lawmakers need to step up to the plate.
The court’s decisive ruling upholding the constitutionality of the current system will make it much more difficult to convince Colorado voters to open their wallets.
Insurance costs for teachers are 26 percent higher than they are for private-sector professionals
The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do
Strategies for improving productivity in times of austerity
When students decide to take a course online, should all the state funding for the course go to the organization that offers the course, or should some funding also go to local school districts to help defray other school costs?
Sacramento’s teacher of the year just lost her job as result of budget cuts in a district that mandates layoffs according to seniority, not performance.
Are advocacy organizations changing the politics of education?
Did you know that school bus drivers and cafeteria workers file unemployment claims whenever schools take a vacation break?
Rather than hope for revenue increases that are unlikely to materialize, smart leaders can turn the present budget crisis into an opportunity. Rethinking whom we hire, what they do, how we pay them, and how to incorporate technology—that’s where the big payoff is
Liberals and conservatives alike have made “weighted student funding” a core idea of their reform prescriptions. Both groups see such weighted funding as providing more dollars to the specific schools they tend to focus upon, and both see it as inspiring improved achievement through newfound political pressures. Unfortunately, both groups are very likely wrong.
How the federal government can achieve equity
Is it enough to adjust existing plans?
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.
Before you reflexively deride this week’s GOP budget proposal consider this: it just might pave the way for greater investments in our schools.
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.
Evidence from the New York City schools
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators
Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?
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,” […]