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Afternoon Announcements: Report Highlights States’ Spending on Public Schools

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January 29, 2015 12:30 pm

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The National Center for Education Statistics on Thursday released its latest data on how much money states are investing in public school students.  NCES, an arm of the Department of Education, analyzed each state’s revenues and expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The District of Columbia and New York took the top spots, spending over $19,000 per student. Click the link to see how your state faired.

Educators and students could benefit or suffer intensely from the battles now being fought over education technology. Debates over funding and standards threaten to slow progress, a leading education advocate told attendees at the FETC 2015 conference Friday. The Journal

Metro Nashville Public Schools is replacing five head principals at 12 of its lowest-performing schools, district officials announced Wednesday. The move represents “the first major step in the next phase of the turnaround process for these schools.” Chalkbeat TNThe Arkansas State Board of Education voted, 5 to 4, on Wednesday to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark tests. Associated Press  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for education, including a proposal to amend the state’s new teacher evaluation system by boosting the role of state test scores has earned the criticism of the city and state teachers unions. Chalkbeat NY

A new tablet-based assessment developed by Pearson will specifically target English Language Learners (ELLs) in order to help them build English language skills and succeed on summative assessments. eSchoolNews

Colorado’s Standards and Assessments Task Force, created by the 2014 state legislature, presented its final 25-page report to the House and Senate education committees Wednesday, recommending significant cutbacks in high school testing and some reductions and streamlining of K-3 tests and evaluations. Chalkbeat CO

Californians are evenly divided on whether the state should extend the temporary tax increases approved by voters under Proposition 30 that have helped lift schools out of the recession, according to a survey released Wednesday. EdSource

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he plans to keep funding for Wisconsin’s public schools “largely intact” in the state budget he will release next week, even if he’s proposing cutting $300 million in funding for the University of Wisconsin System. Minnesota Star Tribune

 

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