Robbing Peter To Pay Paul’s Defined Benefit Pension

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.

Ending Summer Vacation is Long Overdue—Here’s How to Pay for It

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.

The Need for Good Research on Pension Reform

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 School Administrator Payoff from Teacher Pensions

The “stewards” of the system benefit the most

By Cory Koedel, Shawn Ni, and Michael Podgursky    Features, Journal, School Spending  

The Big Squeeze

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.

Signs of Judicial Sanity in Colorado

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.

The Rising Cost of Teachers’ Health Care

Insurance costs for teachers are 26 percent higher than they are for private-sector professionals

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Public Schools and Money

Strategies for improving productivity in times of austerity

EdNext Readers Poll: Funding for Online Learning

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?

What We’re Watching: Teacher of the Year Gets Laid Off

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.

By Education Next    School Spending, Teachers and Teaching, Video  

Fight Club

Are advocacy organizations changing the politics of education?

Spring Break Is Here: Can I get my unemployement insurance check?

Did you know that school bus drivers and cafeteria workers file unemployment claims whenever schools take a vacation break?

By Paul Peterson    Blog, School Spending  

Stretching the School-District Dollar

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

Misplaced Optimism and Weighted Funding

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.

Let the Dollars Follow the Child

How the federal government can achieve equity

Fixing Teacher Pensions

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

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

Fueling the Engine

Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators

Straddling the Democratic Divide

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,” […]

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