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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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Nevada’s Governor Proposes Education Funding Cuts

Posted by on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Gov. Brian Sandoval

 – In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Brian Sandoval of
Nevada suggested many changes for the education system. The proposal
included fixes for the system and major cuts to funding. While he
agreed that this is not ideal, he argued that how the remaining money
is being spent is most important.

“I don’t think its how much you spend, it’s how you spend it,” the
Governor said.

In his plan, Sandoval will cut just under 10% of state funds for
higher education. Currently, the university graduation rate is under
50%. The rate is worse in community colleges. To counteract his cuts,
Sandoval wants to allow universities to raise tuition on their own.

University of Nevada Chancellor, Daniel Klaich said, “I’m very
concerned with the number, we obviously have to look at what he’s
proposing for cuts and analyze what impact that number is.”

Proposed changes for kindergarten through 12th grade include
eliminating mandates for full day kindergarten, early childhood
education, and gifted programs. Funding for these grades would be
reduced by 5.2%.

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Report On School Education Released Today

Posted by on Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

 – The education report “Connecting the Dots: School Spending and Student Progress” was released in Texas this Wednesday.  It ranks the schools in Texas by looking at the scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test and how much the schools were spending compared to the other schools.

The report was created by Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller to find out which schools had the best performing students compared to how much money the schools were spending.   It will help the state of Texas to evaluate their spending in the public education sector.  Public education accounts for over 40 percent of the government spending of Texas.

The report rates the school districts from a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.  A rating of 1 means that the school district had low scores and high spending while a school with a rating of 5 means that there were high scores and low spending. 

About 67 percent of the school districts had a rating between 2 and 3.5 and about 3 percent had a top rating of 5.

Over $680,000 was spent on the research for this report and it will cost over $39,000 each additional year to keep it up-to-date.

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