Wash. State Lawmakers Face Hard Choices on K-12 Finance

Thu, Sep 3, 2015


Despite a $100,000 daily fine, it remained unclear as of late last week just how ready Washington state legislators are to develop a plan for education funding that will fulfill the dictates of the state’s constitution to the satisfaction of the state Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, that court ruled that the state must pay the monetary penalty each day that it does not come up with a plan that, among other goals, would reduce the state’s reliance on local taxes to pay for education, especially staff salaries, by 2018.

GOP Candidates Forum Puts Education Policy Front and Center

Tue, Sep 1, 2015


LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Education may not get much attention during prime-time presidential debates, but it was center stage at Londonderry High School, where six GOP candidates took a deep dive into K-12 policy.

At an Aug. 19 event hosted by The Seventy Four, an online education news site, and sponsored by the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy organization, the Republican hopefuls–five of them current or former governors–talked Common Core State Standards, teachers’ unions, the role of the federal government, the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, charter schools, and more.

Big Hype, Hard Fall for News Corp.’s $1 Billion Ed-Tech Venture

Thu, Aug 27, 2015


The global media giant News Corp. sought to push its way into the K-12 marketplace five years ago by betting big on technology.

Now, despite a $1 billion investment and a steady stream of brash promises to radically disrupt the way public schools do business, the company’s education division, known as Amplify, is deeply in the red and on the auction block.

Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines

Wed, Aug 26, 2015


With a new school year approaching, districts around the country are issuing urgent pleas for teachers to come work for them.

The words on many people’s lips are “teacher shortage,” and in some places, they have the ring of crisis to them.

“There are 467 current job openings, and we’re all trying to pull from the same applicant pool,” said Beverly Mortimer, superintendent of the Concordia, Kan.,

Teach a Class from a Bridge

Tue, Aug 11, 2015


By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
One evening while driving to one of my graduate courses in project management at Old Dominion University, I hit a traffic jam at the Hampton Roads (Virginia) tunnel. My class was assembling in a classroom and, as I assessed the miles of red taillights before me, I guessed I would arrive at least one hour late.

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