In an unlikely alliance, the NAACP has partnered with conservative organizations and former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, among others, to call for states to reduce spending on prisons and direct these additional funds toward their education budget.
Education budget cuts across the country are going to force schools to downsize in upcoming years; program eliminations, teacher layoffs, and building closures are inevitable. But New York City schools have determined one area of education that can’t afford to take a hit: technology. Despite a $1.3 million cut to the city’s school construction budget over the next three years, “New York City’s Department of Education plans to increase its technology spending, including $542 million next year alone that will primarily pay for wiring and other behind-the-wall upgrades to city schools.”
Online colleges present an alternative option for students across the country as budget cuts force community colleges and other higher education institutions to close. According to The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, “44 states and the District of Columbia will be in the red next year.” The nation is facing a budget crisis, and state lawmakers are left with no choice but to make radical cuts in funding. But where should cuts be made? Education is often targeted, and one of the first areas to see budget cuts.
In a stunning, but not unexpected move, Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence, Rhode Island has sent layoff notices to 1,926 teachers – all the teachers in the city. While not every one of them will be dismissed, under state law all teachers need to be notified before March 1, long before the start of the new school year. This warning system “gives [the school district] the freedom to let go many of them later without having to single any of them out now.”
Toledo proposes eliminating public school art instruction By now, it’s common knowledge that American education is in need of reform. Public school districts across the country, as well as higher education institutions face significant state budget cuts that are forcing them to eliminate expenses by any means possible. As elementary and secondary schools focus their [...]
The cost of college is rising. As states cut their higher education budgets, public schools are raising their tuition to rates comparable to those at private institutions, many of which are also consistently raising costs. But one private college is hoping set a new trend rather than following suit, by lowering tuition for next year.