Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nations students.
This week, we are doing a little roundup on school funding! Get caught up with the articles below.
Early childhood education gets push from $1 billion federal investment via The Washington Post
This article from The Washington Post looks at a recent federal investment in early childhood education. It’t no doubt at this point that early childhood education is a good thing for all children. Will this investment help the high-poverty students who need it most?
“Numerous studies have shown that children who receive a high-quality early education are more likely to succeed economically and socially. It is particularly a boon to high-needs students, giving them a leg up in future educational achievement.”
Colorado Spends $16 Million on H.S. Counselors — and Saves $300 Million in Safety Net Services via The 74 Million
The 74 Million has been running profiles on heroes, victories, success stories and random acts of kindness that can be found in schools across America. This piece looks at a recent investment Colorado made in school counselors…an investment they believe will save over $300 million dollars in safety net services. Take a look at the article to learn more.
“Student-to-counselor ratio has been crucial. Before the grant, Chalkbeat reports that participating schools averaged 363 students per counselor. The recommended ratio is 250 to 1. At the end of the grant’s fourth year, the ratio was down to 216 to 1.“
Funding Gaps 2015 via The Education Trust
In this report from The Education Trust, we find that too many states are still spending less on education students who need it the most. Instead, school funding is being driven in large amounts to schools in wealthier zip codes, to schools with more affluent students. What do we need to do to ensure that high-poverty students are receiving the state funding they need to give them the best education?
“As Americans, we love to think of ourselves as living in the land of equal opportunity, a country where anyone willing to work hard can make it. But we have to look no further than our schools to know that today, the opportunities that our country provides are anything but equal.”
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