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Cuts In Education Budget Will Cost Iowa Federal Funds

Posted by on Thursday, 3 February, 2011

Governor Terry E. Branstad

 – A proposal by the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, to reduce the education budget by almost $413,000 will have larger ramifications. Education officials said yesterday that the cuts will cause the state to lose approximately $25.8 million in federal grants. To receive federal money, in many instances states must match a portion of the spending, so when a state makes cuts, it’s federal funding is reduced as well.

These federal losses include $11.2 million that the state usually collects to aid districts with reduced-price and free school lunches for deserving students. Local residents will have to pay higher taxes to cover the difference. Other options include raising the cost of meal plans for students, or making cuts to programs and services.

The Director of the Education Department, Jason Glass, has met with Gov. Branstad to resolve this issue before the Legislature faces it. Branstad’s recommendations are actually almost $642,000 less than what the department has requested.

Jeff Berger, chief financial officer for the education department said “It’s a 1-to-63 ratio, so whenever you cut $1, you’re losing 63 federal dollars.”

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Education Supers Fired In NJ

Posted by on Tuesday, 4 January, 2011

Chris Christie

 – Gov. Chris Christie has decided not to renew the contracts of seven education chiefs after their contracts expired on Monday. This represents one third of the superintendents in the state. According to a spokesman for Christie, Michael Drewniak, the seven county superintendents were hired by the previous administration and will be replaced by Christie appointees. Appointments are for a three year period.

Each of the positions holds a salary of $120,000. The responsibilities of the county superintendents are to confirm that state Education Department policies are adhered to at the local level. Superintendents dismissed were from Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, and Somerset counties. The Middlesex superintendent acting as super for Bergen county was also let go.

Gov. Christie also announced that he wants to change the requirements for superintendents. Presently, applicants must have a master’s degree, but Christie would like those with a bachelor’s degree and managerial experience to be eligible.

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New Legislation To Be Proposed In Virginia On School Textbooks

Posted by on Sunday, 2 January, 2011

 – Last year, a couple of books were approved by textbook review committees in Virginia for use in social studies teachings. But after state-appointed scholars last month found dozens of historical inaccuracies in the texts, Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) will introduce a bill tomorrow that will overhaul the adoption process the state uses for textbooks. The new legislation will make book publishers responsible for the content, not panels consisting mostly of school teachers.

Publishers will have to become certified with the Virginia Board of Education before their books are authorized to be used in public schools. The certification process will require that publishers prove that their books are examined by subject-area specialists. These specialists’ expertise will have to be approved by the Board of Education. In addition, publishers will have to assume responsibility for correcting any mistakes that are discovered.

Currently, the Education Department approves textbooks one at a time. Approvals depend largely on whether the content is in correlation with the state’s Standards of Living. The result is that many small publishers are tailoring books to the state’s curriculum to get them in circulation, but not necessarily taking the care needed to confirm the contents.

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