INDIVIDUALS WITH LESS EDUCATION BEAR BRUNT OF JOB LOSSES: As Unemployment Rate Hits 8.1 Percent, Individuals Seek to Upgrade Their Education ArticleMarch 10, 2009
Last month, the number of unemployed individuals increased by 851,000 to 12.5 million and the unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: Though Many Governors Consider K–12 Education a Priority, Funding Still Cut Due to Economic Crisis ArticleJanuary 26, 2009
As in the previous issue, Straight A’s continues to report on governors’ state of the state addresses, focusing on their remarks around K–12 education.
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: North Dakota and New York at Opposite Ends of the Financial Crisis ArticleJanuary 12, 2009
The December 15, 2008 issue of Straight A’s details how the economic turmoil has hit state budgets and cites research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that finds that all but a “handful” of states will face budget shortfalls (not enough revenue to cover expenses) that are projected to total more than $100 billion in Fiscal Year 2010, which, for most states, will begin on July 1, 2009.
THE FORGOTTEN MIDDLE: Students Not on College- and Work-Readiness Track by Eighth Grade Less Likely to Graduate Prepared, Says ACT Report ArticleJanuary 12, 2009
The level of academic achievement students reach by eighth grade has a greater impact on their college- and work-readiness than anything that happens academically in high school.
BENCHMARKING FOR SUCCESS: New Report Calls on State Leaders to Look to Highest-Performing Nations When Reforming Education Systems ArticleJanuary 12, 2009
If state leaders want to ensure that their citizens and economies remain competitive in the new global economy, they must look beyond America’s borders and benchmark their education systems with the best in the world.
ECONOMIC WOES HIT STATES: Education Spending Cut as Recession Affects State and Local Budgets ArticleDecember 15, 2008
In fact, many of the nation’s governors have already cut spending on education as they struggle to contain budget deficits that are projected to represent up to 20 percent of the state’s general fund in some instances. According to CBPP, at least sixteen states are cutting spending on K–12 and early education.
Doubling Up: Melinda French Gates Sets Goal to Significantly Increase Numbers of Low-Income Students Earning Postsecondary Degrees ArticleNovember 17, 2008
In a speech preceding her husband’s, Melinda French Gates, who also serves as a cochair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussed the foundation’s new focus on college completion and announced a goal of doubling the number of low-income students who earn college degrees.
YES HE WILL?: Campaign Details Suggest That Obama Presidency Will Make Education Reform a High Priority ArticleNovember 08, 2008
Throughout his campaign for president, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) stressed the importance of education to the future of the nation, consistently listing it, along with health care and energy independence, as among his top three priorities. However, the bigger question is not whether Obama will focus on education reform, but when he will be able to do so, especially given the eight-hundred-pound gorilla in the room that is the American economy.
ARKANSAS TAKES A LOOK AT ADEQUACY: Study Finds $838 Million Needed to Provide an Adequate Education ArticleDecember 10, 2003
According to a new costing-out study, Arkansas needs to spend an additional $848.3 million to provide an adequate education for its K-12 students
According to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the dire financial straits in which many states found themselves are beginning to ease.