When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay-off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city provide additional funding.

But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.

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Court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Education, Judiciary, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A Commonwealth Court ruling on Tuesday paves the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students.

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Massachusetts Senate kills charter school expansion

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

A NEW FRONTIER: While school vouchers give parents educational flexibility for their kids and save states money, education savings accounts can do both -- maybe better.

The 45,000 Massachusetts students on waiting lists to attend charter schools will continue waiting.

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MN private colleges split on SEIU professors’ union

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Education, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

TWIN CITIES CAMPUSES TARGETED BY SEIU:  Adjunct faculty at 3 Twin Cities private college campuses were subject to organizing drives this summer with mixed results for the union. Photo by Mike Ekern, University of St. Thomas website.

Hamline University’s part-time professors in June voted decisively to join the Service Employees International Union. The momentum appeared to be with SEIU organizers, as the first private college campus in Minnesota to unionize adjunct professors quite possibly cleared way for an even bigger domino in July—the University of St. Thomas.

But the solidarity stopped there. When the National Labor Relations Board tallied the results of SEIU’s test at the University of St. Thomas on Monday, the union got a failing grade — 136-84.

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Teachers union takes on Florida school choice law

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Education, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit from Florida teachers would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.

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Washington initiative would reduce class sizes

By   /  July 14, 2014  /  Education, News, Washington  /  No Comments

SPENDING VS. RESULTS: New Mexico consistently finishes in the bottom tier in public education studies but a study from the NEA puts the state 25th in how much it spends per student.

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
A group in Washington has filed a ballot initiative to reduce class sizes in the state’s public schools.
The campaign has raised $630,000, including $350,000 from the National Education Association.
Estimated cost of the reductions — including hiring more teachers and building new schools — is in the billions of dollars. The initiative doesn’t specify a [...]

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