A proposal at the core of the differing education policies favored by Minnesota Republicans and DFLers might end up on the table for end-of-session negotiations between Gov. Tim Walz and Senate majority Republicans. The bill is called the Equity and Opportunity Scholarship Act, and it would allow donations to scholarship foundations to be credited against state income taxes. The foundations would use the money to give private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students. It is a version of private school vouchers and tax credits that have been used in other states (and to some extent in Minnesota) that have often raise constitutional questions, though the bill’s chief supporter believes the structure of the proposal would allow the program to pass muster with the courts. A bigger question may be whether it will pass muster with the DFL House majority or the state’s public school teacher in chief, Gov. Tim Walz. Probably not. Which is why Senate Majority Leader … [Read more...] about ‘We’ll fight for this one’: Gazelka says bill creating tax credits for private school scholarships is a GOP priority
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Our students and teachers need you. When we started this school year, I knew there would be challenges. But when I see children trying to learn despite hot classrooms and leaky roofs, I know we must respond.The final item on your Nov. 6 ballot is one of the most important votes in decades for our community. It’s the Education Referendum, the half-penny sales tax for schools.The “No. 3 Hillsborough County Referendum” on your ballot is an opportunity to invest in our students and our community’s future, generating $131 million each year for 10 years to fund needed improvements in our schools. That includes 203 air conditioner replacements, 63 aging roof replacements, $23 million in safety and security improvements, and $25 million for classroom technology upgrades to prepare our children for careers in the modern workforce.Our local students today will be your doctors and auto mechanics tomorrow.The half-penny sales tax would cost a typical family $63 per … [Read more...] about Eakins: Why Hillsborough schools need money for repairs
A new system for judging school accountability in Massachusetts will take more factors into account than just test scores and will provide targeted assistance to schools that need it. The system eliminates the ranking of schools from Level 1 to Level 5 and instead classifies them as requiring assistance or intervention or not. "We believe it helps to paint a more comprehensive picture of what's going on in the school other than just the MCAS results," said Rob Curtin, associate commissioner for data and accountability at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Some education advocates and experts say the new system is a more complete way of measuring student performance. But others say it still focuses too much on standardized test scores, rather than on providing the resources schools need to improve. "This is old wine in a new bottle," said Merrie Najimy, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. "The accountability system is the wrong way … [Read more...] about Massachusetts’ new school accountability rankings: What do they mean for your school?
Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. For many students, particularly in science, eechnology, engineering and mathematics, graduate school is a default post-college plan. It shouldn’t be. Graduate school can be necessary and rewarding, but it shouldn’t be anyone’s default plan without thinking it through. Many students who continue into graduate school end up learning the hard way that they have no idea what they are getting in to. Instead, students ought to do thorough research before deciding if they want or need a graduate degree. Students should begin by considering why they want to follow the graduate path. The most common reasons are perfectly understandable: a passion for a subject, higher pay, job advancement or career goals like professor or mental health counselor which require an advanced degree. Personally, I liked … [Read more...] about Lindberg: Graduate school should not be a default plan
Many children who grew up in the ’90s have childhood memories consisting of coming home from school, changing out of their uniforms and meeting up with their neighborhood friends to play outdoor games like Tag, Hide-and-Seek or Ding Dong Ditch. For Drexel graduate Steve Cereby, he remembers preparing for another heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. He was only eight years old. Cereby, now 24 years old, was born with congenital heart disease — a condition where a child is born with an abnormally structured heart. One in every four newborns are affected by the disease, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Cereby was one of the them. At birth, surgeons opened an infant Cereby’s chest to fix a heart ventricle that failed to function properly. Eight years later, it was discovered that the first surgery did not fix the initial problem, causing his heart to enlarge to the size of an adult one. This would be his second and final … [Read more...] about Drexel grad’s foundation raises money for congenital heart disease research