Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Benefits are the root of increased personnel costs in the School District of Philadelphia.

Benefits for district employees are valued, on average, at 40 percent of the cost of salaries.

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Louisiana offers new vocational technical program

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

New Mexico children will get a say in ranking their school's performance.

Three quarters of Louisiana school districts have signed up for Jump Start, an apprenticeship program that allows high school students to get hands-on experience in trades like construction and welding.

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Should courts control public money?

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Mary Tillotson | Watchdog.org 
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has until Thursday to decide whether to increase funding for the state’s schools.
The decision comes after a March 7 court ruling, ordering the Legislature to fund public schools in the way the court sees as appropriate.
Justin Owen, chief executive officer of the Beacon Center, discussed the issue [...]

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FL’s attempt to provide tuition break for illegal immigrants at crossroads

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Education, Florida, News  /  No Comments

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

 
By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE — It’s crunch time for state lawmakers, and with the annual 60-day legislative session winding down to within two weeks, a well-publicized immigration bill is noticeably absent Tuesday from a key budget meeting.
But an effort to add similar language to several other bills is under way.
Simply known as the Post [...]

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The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

The real statistic is that charter schools in Philadelphia outperform district counterparts.

Misleading statistics have a tendency to stick. And for education in Pennsylvania, it’s that charter schools underperform compared to district public schools when compared statewide.

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