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Daily Archives: April 4, 2011

Tragically, District Ignored It’s Own Five-Year Financial Plan (via Chalk and Talk)

Excellent post regarding a budget plan that would have worked, if it had been followed.

  by Christopher Paslay  Recently, I was perusing the Philadelphia School District’s website when I stumbled across an interesting budget document titled, “Five-Year Financial Plan: Fiscal Year 2008-2009 through Fiscal Year 2012-13.”  (Click here if you want to review the document yourself).  Dated June 30th, 2008, the financial plan was put in place to help close the $73 million “surprise” budget deficit left by Paul Vallas, former C.E.O. of Phi … Read More

via Chalk and Talk

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Connecticut board of education should look out for Hartford students, not teacher union

Is it time to change the way we layoff teachers? We don’t want to layoff anyone. But with budget shortfalls looming, cuts will inevitably be made. It would be great if senior teachers close to retirement could be given an incentive to leave a little early. If you started with offering a small percentage — you don’t want to lose all your senior staff and you don’t want to lose all the freshman class either.

Somehow, the union and school administrators have to come together and get creative. Come up with something that is doable — our future is worth it.

Connecticut board of education should look out for Hartford students, not teacher union – Courant.com.

Gov. Malloy Tackles the States Education Funding System

I don’t think you can find anyone who doesn’t agree that our state’s way of school funding needs an overhaul — maybe bury it with the Hog River and start all over from scratch. I am delighted to see that Gov. Malloy is tackling the ECS system.

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As mayor of Stamford, Dannel P. Malloy grew so frustrated seeing his wealthy neighbors get almost the same per-pupil education grants from the state as his city did that he joined a class-action lawsuit over the funding system.

As governor, he intends to change that system from within.

“There are two ways to do it: We could leave it up to the courts or we could take it up ourselves,” Malloy said in an interview with The Mirror. The current system, he says, “does a bad job of telling us where we should spend money.”

The state spends about $2.7 billion on primary, secondary and adult education each year. Malloy is calling for a fresh look at how the state spends almost $2 billion of that money dispersed for public schools through the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, the largest single source of state support for public education to the state’s 169 towns, and about 10 percent of the state’s total budget. A former mayor plans to tackle state’s education aid formula | The Connecticut Mirror.

Binge drinking: Extensive Study Looks at College Kids and Binge Drinking

A parent’s nightmare. You bundle up your “bundle of joy” and send him or her on their way to a once in a life time experience; the college dorm. I vividly remember packing up number five who followed in the footsteps of his older siblings and opted for a college experience out of state. The campus was great and only two hours away from home, emergency food and money.

When we got back home, my husband and I felt real proud of ourselves. That was number five. Then we turned on the news and sat dumb-founded as the reporters talked about the top three universities known for partying and binge=drinking. We had just dropped number five off at the number one partying school in the country.

Binge drinking: Extensive Study Looks at College Kids and Binge Drinking – Courant.com.

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