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Business of education
June 29, 2018
Memphis school leaders pledge ‘a new day’ in contracting with diverse business owners
The plan comes about seven months after a study commissioned by the school board highlighted wide disparities for businesses owned by white women and people of color.
Spread the wealth
June 19, 2018
A few Colorado charter schools won ‘the lottery’ in this year’s round of school construction grants
The BEST grant program uses state land proceeds and marijuana tax revenue to pay for school construction projects.
June 18, 2018
County approves more money for Memphis schools, but skirts obligation to match it next year
The decision to approve the budget sets in motion an action that meets the district’s needs for now, but also loses out on locking in more resources for years to come.
June 7, 2018
For the first time, money for Memphis schools will be based on student needs. Here’s how it works.
The new funding model is a key component of Shelby County Schools’ efforts to ensure state and local money is distributed based on student need.
May 10, 2018
What Colorado lawmakers did for and to schools in 2018
In a world of competing priorities, education came out ahead in the Colorado General Assembly's 2018 session.
Abundance of Caution
May 8, 2018
In a Trump world, Colorado lawmakers hesitate to borrow against pot money for school construction
More marijuana tax money will go toward school construction starting next year, but the funds won’t go as far as they could have.
April 30, 2018
After teacher rallies, the work ‘shifts to the local community level,’ Colorado union president says
Teachers need to convince local school boards to raise salaries, and they need to convince neighbors to vote for a statewide tax in November, the CEA president said.
What 'underfunded' means
April 26, 2018
What you need to know to follow the money debate behind the teacher walkouts
What do people mean when they say Colorado schools are underfunded?
April 26, 2018
Sponsor pulls bill that would change how Colorado distributes money to schools
There won’t be a change to Colorado’s school funding formula this year, at least not at the Capitol.
April 25, 2018
Language in contract for Aurora teachers changed conversations about walkouts
Aurora teachers have a cap on how many can take leave on any given day, which presented a challenge for this week's walk outs.
Day without a Teacher
April 23, 2018
These Colorado school districts are canceling classes for teacher protests
They include eight of the state’s 10 largest districts, serving more than 400,000 students.
April 17, 2018
Colorado teachers plan more walkouts, and Jeffco canceled classes one day next week
The announcements come after hundreds of teachers marched at the Capitol Monday to protect their retirement benefits and call for more school funding.
April 16, 2018
With school finance act, Colorado lawmakers try to pass the hot potato of teacher pay to local districts
The school finance act puts more money into K-12 education than Colorado has spent at any point since the Great Recession.
April 16, 2018
Why Colorado teachers marched on the state Capitol
Chanting “Education is a right! That is why we have to fight!” and “Whose schools? Our schools!” several hundred teachers came to the Colorado State Capitol Monday.
Race to the Bottom
April 5, 2018
Colorado teachers can claim an unwelcome distinction: most underpaid in the nation (or close to it)
Teachers and policy makers have started to make connections between low pay here and labor unrest elsewhere.
No Easy Fix
April 2, 2018
Lawmakers delay first vote on overhaul of Colorado’s school finance formula
The proposal supported by most Colorado superintendents faced skepticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, though for different reasons.
not so fast
April 2, 2018
Senate Republicans throw cold water on $35 million school safety proposal
As the Colorado Senate prepares to take up the budget, Republican members of the Joint Budget Committee didn’t exactly embrace a key amendment from the House.
March 23, 2018
Colorado schools are getting a major bump in the state’s 2018-19 budget
“We believe this is the most significant reduction in what used to be called the negative factor since it was born."
In the money
March 23, 2018
Here’s how Colorado schools would spend an extra $100 million (or more) from the state
Legislators on the Joint Budget Committee unanimously decided this week to set aside $100 million to “buy down” the budget stabilization factor.
March 23, 2018
Colorado’s state-authorized charter schools could get more money next year
That’s one year before most other charter schools will see benefits from last year’s charter school funding equity bill.
March 19, 2018
What Colorado’s booming economy might mean for the state education budget
The extra money might not mean a windfall for classrooms — it might show up in a lack of cuts rather than new money.
'A Significant Change'
March 19, 2018
Done doing ‘more with less,’ Brighton district will move to a four-day school week
In response to the concerns of working parents, District 27J will offer paid child care for elementary-aged children every Monday.
March 13, 2018
Disputed money in Colorado education budget will go to school safety measures
Colorado lawmakers had been arguing about what to do with $7 million in “extra” education money.
Show me the money
March 12, 2018
We read new reports on the state of school funding in America so you don’t have to. Here’s what we learned.
While poor students necessarily don’t get less money than their affluent peers, they usually don’t get extra money for addressing additional needs.
March 7, 2018
Teachers union opposes 401(k)-like provision in Colorado pension overhaul bill
Republicans want to create a defined-contribution option within PERA.
March 7, 2018
Why Colorado lawmakers are fighting over a ‘rounding error’ in school funding
Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what to do with the extra money that comes from having fewer students.
February 22, 2018
Try, try again: Latest attempt at Colorado school funding measure would raise $1.6 billion with income, corporate tax increases
Backers of a major school funding measure have been cleared to gather signatures by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
February 12, 2018
When diversity backfires: How schools can lose funding as they try to integrate
For years, M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation served mostly low-income students. But with more well-off families picking the Brooklyn school than ever before,…
February 9, 2018
Will the new Michigan education funding study have a political path toward implementation or take a cruise to nowhere?
Three weeks after a new study recommended sweeping changes to Michigan’s school funding system, the question…
February 6, 2018
Colorado’s superintendents want (a lot) more money for schools and a new way to divvy it up
Colorado’s superintendents want to change how the state distributes money to school districts – but only if voters approve a $1.7 billion tax increase for education.
February 5, 2018
At state budget hearing, Mayor de Blasio says he won’t ‘crowdsource’ chancellor search
During his three-hour testimony, de Blasio continued to push for more education funding than Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in the state budget plan for the coming year.
January 30, 2018
Higher property values mean Colorado is getting a refund on K-12 education
Colorado is getting back $104 million that the state planned to spend on schools because local property taxes generated a lot more money than anyone anticipated.
January 12, 2018
Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds
The evidence is adding up: The Great Recession did real damage to student learning.
January 11, 2018
Hickenlooper: We need voters’ help to fully fund schools
In his final State of the State address, Colorado's Democratic governor says the state has neglected its constitutional obligations, but only the voters can fix that.
first day of school
January 10, 2018
Budget battles likely to overshadow education issues as Colorado legislature convenes
The big issues for this session are expected to be PERA reform and transportation funding, and both will have implications for education.
Aurora school district has more money than expected this year
Aurora Public Schools officials plan to use the one-time unexpected money for curriculum, to increase reserves, and to pay for a teacher pay raise among other things.
Choice and consequences
Updated January 10, 2018
The cost of charter growth: New research estimates the price tag for districts
As charter schools have expanded, critics have offered a similar complaint: they they drain money from public school districts. A new study puts a price tag on this.
January 4, 2018
Five takeaways from Chalkbeat’s legislative preview discussion with lawmakers
Colorado legislators gave a preview into the education issues that will be part of the 2018 session including funding, teacher shortage and full-day kindergarten.
December 11, 2017
Educators agree student funding in Michigan is broken. This group hopes their research will change that.
After 19 months and hundreds of interviews with educators across the state, a collaborative of Michigan school officials, former legislators and business leaders…
Follow the money
December 11, 2017
Rich PTA, poor PTA: New York City lawmaker wants to track school fundraising
New York City is home to some of the richest PTAs in the country, while other schools struggle to even recruit parent volunteers.
It's not just the classroom
November 28, 2017
Disparities persist in how Memphis schools contract with businesses, study shows
Although black-owned businesses make up more than a third of the local construction industry, they were awarded less than 1 percent of school contracts.
November 22, 2017
Burdened by school retiree costs, Memphis leaders explore dropping new-hire benefits
The school board considers options for addressing its $1 billion-plus retirement liability with Shelby County Schools.
Colorado Votes 2018
October 13, 2017
Five things we learned when Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates got on the same stage to talk about education
It was the first Colorado gubernatorial forum this cycle to focus exclusively on education issues.
Follow the money
June 30, 2017
How much money does Aurora Public Schools spend and on what? New online tool has answers.
Aurora Public Schools launched a webpage to help the public learn about the district's budget in an interactive way.
May 5, 2017
A bill to rethink Colorado’s school funding system hits temporary snag
It is one of the several efforts underway to overhaul the state’s school funding system.
the fiscal thicket
April 26, 2017
Everyone hates how Colorado funds its schools. So who is going to fix it?
Multiple efforts to stave off a financial crisis for schools are under way, including legislation that would create a committee to develop a new way to fund schools.
March 9, 2017
Colorado schools would fare slightly better under plan approved by budget committee
The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday approved a budget for education larger than the Colorado governor requested and that keeps the negative factor flat.
talk of the town
Updated September 21, 2015
Colorado education community reacts to Supreme Court decision on funding
Here's a look at how Colorado superintendents, education advocates and others are reacting to the decision:
June 8, 2011
Tectonic shift as Campaign for Fiscal Equity exits New York
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the advocacy organization whose historic, years-long lawsuit brought increased funding to the New York City schools, is closing its doors — at least in its current format, The New York Times reported this afternoon. The organization's last employee, Executive Director Helaine Doran, will leave at the end of the month because the group has run out of funding, the Times reports. The development comes despite the fact that the dollars won by the group's lawsuit have fallen far short of what was promised in a settlement between the group and the state in 2007. The Times is right to describe the development as part of a greater shift in the way that philanthropists think about education advocacy, one that has made groups like former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee's Students First active in New York City while the Campaign for Fiscal Equity struggled. The old mantra was that urban districts failed because they have been historically under-funded; now, advocates are more likely to argue that funding is necessary but not sufficient. (Another budget watchdog, the Educational Priorities Panel, dissolved in 2007, also due to a loss of funding.) But it's also possible that the dissolution of CFE could actually signal a renaissance of its original efforts: litigation aimed at forcing New York to spend more on needy school districts.
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