funding
Public Education
Millions in federal education money not properly reported, monitored

(The Center Square) – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction failed to properly monitor and report on millions in federal education grants in the prior fiscal year, according to… Read More

April 21, 2023
Public Education
Thirty months later, Arizona lawmakers want answers about a Yuma district’s spending

(The Center Square) – A follow-up report to a Yuma-area school district performance audit has raised almost as much outrage as the development that first sparked the probe nearly three… Read More

April 18, 2023
Public Education
Rhode Island reaps meager return despite huge spending in public education

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released its first accountability report card, and the state commissioner struggled to put a positive spin on the results. Covering the… Read More

April 17, 2023
Culture, Public Education
Pandemic relief funds finding laborers more than students

(The Center Square) – Recent research is raising the alarm about states spending federal COVID-19 relief funding intended for learning loss on labor, setting the stage for a painful fiscal… Read More

April 12, 2023
Culture
In new record, Biden requests billions to advance gender agenda worldwide

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden’s 2024 budget proposal requests billions of dollars to advance his gender and sexuality agenda around the world, allocating far more taxpayer dollars to… Read More

March 17, 2023
Culture, Public Education
Teacher courses promoting critical race theory were funded by pandemic relief in Michigan

(The Center Square) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used federal pandemic relief funds to create virtual courses for teachers about anti-racism and social justice, which encouraged teachers to engage with… Read More

March 16, 2023
Courts, Culture
Conservative think tank awarded $77K in suit over Michigan teachers’ union’s COVID-19 loans

A Michigan-based think tank sued the state’s teachers’ union for misusing pandemic relief loans – and won. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational… Read More

March 9, 2023
Legislation
School choice advocates launch campaign to amend Oregon Constitution

A grassroots campaign in Oregon is collecting signatures to get two school choice constitutional amendments on the ballot. Although lawmakers in many states are working to implement school… Read More

February 17, 2023
Public Education
Illinois Board of Higher Education seeks 7.7% funding hike as enrollment dips

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Board of Higher Education wants more funding at a time when enrollment in state public colleges and universities has declined. The board has proposed a… Read More

February 9, 2023
Culture
Drummond says ‘state actors’ responsible for misuse of COVID funds

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said Tuesday, “a number of state actors and other individuals are ultimately responsible for millions in misspent federal relief dollars.” Drummond… Read More

February 3, 2023
Public Education
Missouri governor’s spending spree, including a proposed $56 million on pre-K, raises questions

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson unveiled a number of ambitious spending initiatives in his State of the State speech, including $56 million to expand prekindergarten options which… Read More

January 20, 2023
Culture, Public Education
Report: Washington schools superintendent not sufficiently tracking $3B in federal aid

(The Center Square) – A new state study looking at school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on minority students found that the Washington Office of the… Read More

January 9, 2023
Public Education
Michigan’s underperforming public schools require state-mandated ‘comprehensive support’

(The Center Square) – Fifty-four Michigan school districts and 112 schools will receive required state partnership intervention, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Michigan Department of Education. The department partners… Read More

November 30, 2022
Public Education
After test scores show record decline for NYC students, Mayor Adams proposes $4 billion for school heaters in ‘unrealistic’ energy program

The mayor of America’s largest city announced a plan in late October to spend $4 billion to electrify school heating systems as part of an energy… Read More

November 7, 2022
Public Education
More money, same problems: Despite billions spent on education, California NAEP scores are below national average

When national test score data revealed California students scored well below the national average, Gov. Gavin Newsom pointed out his state experienced “less learning loss” than… Read More

November 2, 2022
Public Education
‘Trick on Taxpayers’ outlines questionable projects, for schools and others, funded by COVID-19 relief

(The Center Square) – More and more federally funded, controversial projects that came as part of pandemic-relief spending passed by Congress are coming to light, and few of them do… Read More

November 1, 2022
Public Education
2022 pay increases for some school administrators dwarf teacher pay in Kansas

(The Sentinel) – The average teacher pay increased by 4.3% (contracted base salary) in the 2022 school year, but some administrators received much larger increases. Wichita Superintendent Alicia Thompson got… Read More

October 24, 2022
Courts, Public Education
Nebraska school district sues another for alleged misallocation of millions due to ‘bad math’

One Nebraska school district is suing another in an attempt to expedite recovery of millions of dollars in misallocated property tax funds.  Auditors discovered that the wrong… Read More

October 19, 2022
Public Education
Some question North Carolina’s plan to use $30M from Volkswagen settlement to buy electric school buses

(The Center Square) — Gov. Roy Cooper is touting $30 million to fund “clean” school bus replacements, including dozens of electric buses, though some question the spending. The North Carolina… Read More

October 18, 2022
Public Education
Rhode Island voters to decide three bond measures totaling $400 million in November

(The Center Square) – On Nov. 8, voters in Rhode Island will be deciding on three bond measures totaling $400 million. Question 1 would issue $100 million in bonds for… Read More

October 18, 2022