U.S. News & World Report -- We have the funds to make significant investments in public programs like early childhood education – but first policymakers must change how they think about allocating future resources.
The 74 Million -- Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, according to the Associated Press, but a problem she faced in defeating Bernie Sanders through a drawnout primary process is likely to persist in a general election contest against Donald Trump.
Washington Post -- Children living in poverty often are exposed to high levels of constant stress that can be debilitating, not only in terms of their physical health but also their ability to learn. So what are schools to do?
It’s not for lack of money. Even after adjusting for inflation and rising student enrollment, total school spending is up.
It’s not for lack of money spent on teachers, either. Districts are allocating about the same portion of their budgets to instructional costs—including salaries, wages, and benefits for teachers—as they did 20 years ago.
Overall expenditures are up, but teacher salaries are actually down slightly over the same period.
U.S. News & World Report -- [L]awsuits serve political purposes regardless of how things play out in court. With today's new wave of education lawsuits, that's part of the strategy and another reason to expect more. See you in court.
U.S. News & World Report -- Over the next decade, states, school districts and local communities are going to continue to expand access to preschool and other early childhood programs. This work will be slow and inconsistent, but the direction is clear. The question is whether the resulting programs will be any good.