Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Albuquerque Public Schools

Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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School district blasted for adding $85,000 administrative position

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Image courtesy Liberal USD 480

Redundant, wasteful and ridiculous are a few of the ways current and former school board members are describing the creation of a new administrative position within Liberal USD 480.

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Washington state Supreme Court will decide future of charter schools

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, News, Washington  /  No Comments

FIRST PLACE: Since the school became a charter school, First Place can enroll more students and expand its services for adults.

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Washington state’s Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state. Hearing are expected to begin in October.
The charter school law, approved by Washington state voters in 2012, allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, First Place, already serving families [...]

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NC students denied their choice of school

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Education, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

ONE SIZE FITS ALL: A school bus safety law passed in 2012 doesn't allow county attorneys and judges to distinguish between dangerous behavior and simple mistakes.

As the school year begins in North Carolina, many students don’t know whether they’ll be allowed to attend the schools of their parents’ choice or the traditional public schools they tried to opt out of.

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Pay raise worth even more to Mississippi teachers

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  California, Education, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

PA lawmakers push for economic furloughs of teachers.

As Mississippi students head back to school, their teachers are taking home a healthy pay raise. And those extra Benjamins are going a lot farther.

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Philly’s school problems a cautionary tale of federal stimulus

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Stimulus, Taxes  /  No Comments

Source: PA.gov

As financial problems plague the Philadelphia city public school system and politicians at the state level cast blame, the specter of federal stimulus has come to bear.

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