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Funding facts from Ralph Martire

Julie Woestehoff and Ralph Martire, Oct. 2013
Julie Woestehoff and Ralph Martire, Oct. 2013
PURE was pleased to co-sponsor a forum on October 11, 2013, featuring state budget expert Ralph Martire, of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The information he provided was important to share, so we have prepared the following fact sheet based on his presentation and are solely responsible for its content. For more information about the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and these critical issues, please go to www.cbtaonline.org. You can also download a printable version of the fact sheet here.
Facts about school funding from Ralph Martire
A summary of Ralph Martire’s presentation on state school funding for Illinois Friends of Public Education, October 11, 2013
  1. There has been a 10% drop in Illinois Pre-K-12 funding from 2000 -> 2014.
  1. Illinois ranks 50 out of 50 states in the portion of education funding provided by the state.
  1. Illinois’ temporary tax increase did help. This planned four-year tax hike – from 3% to 5% — enacted by Illinois in 2011 stabilized the deficit at about 8 billion. Without the tax increase, the deficit would now be about 33 billion.
  1. The tax increase was not a “job killer.” In fact, more jobs are lost when the state spends less money by cutting jobs. When jobs are lost, spending (and state revenue) drops. Our
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Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet - NYTimes.com

Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet - NYTimes.com:

Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet


SAN FRANCISCO — For years, a school principal’s job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom. Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates.
Now, as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media, educators have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock. And some schools are turning to technology to help them. Several companies offer services to filter and glean what students do on school networks; a few now offer automated tools to comb through off-campus postings for signs of danger. For school officials, this raises new questions about whether they should — or legally can — discipline children for their online outbursts.
The problem has taken on new urgency with the case of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after classmates relentlessly bullied her online and offline.
Two girls — ages 12 and 14 — who the authorities contend were her chief tormentors were arrested this month after one posted a Facebook comment about her death.
Educators find themselves needing to balance students’ free speech rights against the dangers children can get into at school and sometimes with the law because of what they 

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago

Guest post by Paul Horton.



 
You may have heard about the Common Core Forums in New York, otherwise known as "the attack of the special interests." New York Education Commissioner John King had a hissy fit when he was forced to listen to a few folks who not so gently disagreed with his ideas about Education Reform.
 
The Chamber of Commerce has also led a circus parade around the country in support of the Common Core.  When a major employer comes to town and says it's Common Core or the highway to the dormitory factory in some brand new Chinese city, how can we yokels have any doubts about standards as potentially unemployed citizens?
 
So when I got word through the campus e-mail chain that Arne Duncan would be speaking at a "Forum on the Implementation of the Common Core Curriculum" (Oct. 25) across the street, I said to myself, I have got to see what these Forums are all about. So I signed up on the "Eventbrite" page.
 
Given the fact that Arne's popularity has tanked and that we have a huge number of aging friends ofBill Ayers  in our strange neighborhood mix of neoliberal Nobel Prize winners or Prize-winners-in-

New school funding law sets first-time accountability for foster youth SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources:

New school funding law sets first-time accountability for foster youth
By Kimberly Beltran
Tuesday, October 29, 2013


New laws that ushered in California’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula call on the departments of social services and education for the first time to identify and share information about foster students with school districts.
Schools are also mandated to track and report on the academic progress of foster youth – making California the first to do so in the nation.
The new requirements could prove challenging for many schools – mostly because it is simply unfamiliar territory, says one expert who helped write the section of law emphasizing this new student subgroup’s success.
“This is not a subgroup of students that school districts have traditionally focused on, unlike English learner students and low-income students, where for many years they’ve been trying to improve the educational outcomes for those subgroups,” said Jesse Hahnel, an attorney and director of the California-based FosterEd, a non-profit initiative of the 

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