Some Indiana students get less money in 2020 budget
A number of Indiana school districts are sounding the alarm after new state funding projections show big cuts for districts that educate high concentrations of kids growing up in poverty. The new figures show that while education funding overall would increase, those new dollars will not be spread evenly.
Schools are starved for funds, and teachers are paying the price
The strikes prove that our educational system’s problems are deeper and broader than individual protests about teacher wages and benefits. America’s schools are pressed for resources and facing dire conditions that unfairly hinder students’ ability to succeed. We are at a tipping point.
Supreme Court asked to take up Montana school tax credit case
After the Montana Supreme Court said religious schools cannot participate in a tax credit program that reimbursed scholarship donations, a law firm has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit argues that laws barring aid result in the exclusion of religious institutions from public programs like Montana's.
Tennessee governor reveals details about his ‘parent choice’ proposal
The plan would give Tennessee parents more education choices, beginning with a legislative proposal to spend up to $75 million to launch an education savings account program in the fall of 2021. Half of the money would go that first year to qualifying families paying for private education services.
School voucher program growth in northwest Indiana continues to slow, report says
More northwest Indiana students are attending private schools using vouchers, but the state program’s once explosive growth has slowed in recent years, according to a Department of Education report. Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering boosting the amount of money more affluent families could get per voucher.
Finland’s education system offers 10 lessons for U.S. educators
Finland’s education system caters to working families and receives plenty of funding, with more than 55 percent in federal dollars. Free meals, health care and outside-of-class childcare are available to all students, who start formal schooling at age 7.