March 26, 2008
Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 29
Education Funding South Dakota School Funding Increase Tied to Teacher Salary, Benefit Boosts
Education funding got a 3 percent boost in South Dakota last week, with Gov. Michael Rounds’ March 17 signing of a $337 million school spending package—part of a state budget totaling $3.6 billion.
Education Funding Indiana Shifts School Costs Away From Local Tax Rolls
The Indiana legislature in its recently completed session shifted the costs of running schools entirely to the state.
Teaching Profession West Virginia Teachers’ Pension Plan Revised—Yet Again
The latest pension proposal offers teachers a chance to move to a defined-benefit program that would give teachers a guaranteed pension upon retirement.
Federal U.S. Dept. of Ed. Awards Grants to Cover Fees for AP, IB Exams
The department will award $11 million in grants to 39 states to help low-income students cover costs associated with the tests.
Federal States Seeking Proper Balance in Use of ELL Test Scores
Most states seem to be taking steps toward standardizing the use of English-language-proficiency tests.
Law & Courts Fla. School District Sued Over Low Graduation Rates
The ACLU has filed a class action against the Palm Beach County, Fla., school district, claiming its low graduation rate is a violation of the Florida Constitution.
Federal Software Industry Promotes Goals for School Technology
The goals address student engagement and achievement, equity, access, accountability and 21st-century skills for students.