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School districts face tough choices as the end of federal pandemic funding nears

Aug 24, 2023
Districts have been using the funds to renovate HVAC systems, hire staff and more. Now, some may need to cut program and jobs.
School leaders are anticipating job cuts as federal pandemic funding ends, a recent survey from the School Superintendents Association finds.
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Department of Education appoints its first chief economist

Jun 15, 2022
The agency said it’s part of bringing a more data-based approach to policymaking.
The Department of Education recently announced that Jordan Matsudaira will be the first chief economist in its 43-year history.
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"Abbott Elementary" aces the good, the bad and the ugly of teaching

Apr 11, 2022
From teacher turnover to limited school supplies and funding, the lighthearted show tackles serious issues for educators.
In ABC's "Abbott Elementary," educators navigate an underfunded Philadelphia public school.
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Why aren't public sector jobs coming back in a strong way?

Nov 8, 2021
State and local government jobs, especially in education, continue to lag behind the overall labor market, that showed job growth in October.
Jobs in the public sector still haven't bounced back, which goes against forecasts.
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Why would a former investment banker want to run Los Angeles schools?

May 4, 2018
Austin Beutner is a former investment banker, deputy mayor and publisher. We asked him about what he brings to LAUSD.
“Schools don't have a bottom line, but that doesn't mean you can't measure and hold accountable,” Austin Beutner says. Above, he attends the Alliance for Children's Rights 25th Anniversary Celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
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Study finds that for many states, public education funding still hasn’t come back to pre-Recession levels

Nov 29, 2017
It’s been a decade since the Great Recession, and while a lot of things in the economy have recovered, state funding for public schools is still lagging behind pre-Recession levels, after accounting for inflation. That’s according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank that focuses on ways that federal and state […]

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What school principals can learn from CEOs

Sep 20, 2017
A university program arms school leaders with business skills.
Sundai Riggins is one of 20 school principals enrolled in an executive masters in leadership program at Georgetown University.
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The civil rights divide over charter schools

Jan 12, 2017
As the charter movement grows, the NAACP has called for a moratorium.
Julieanna Nelson-Saunders, 11, attends KIPP Ujima Village Academy, a public charter middle school in Baltimore.
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