Tag Archives: school finance

What’s in a Name: A “Skinny Budget” Indeed

What’s in a Name: A “Skinny Budget” Indeed

By Dirk Zuschlag    Every year the president’s proposed budget is pronounced D.O.A. in Congress even before it leaves the White House. It still garners attention for what it may say about the administration’s policy priorities. About two weeks ago, the Trump Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its first “skinny budget,” a sort of… Read More »

Spring’s Coming Attractions—In the States, That Is

Spring’s Coming Attractions—In the States, That Is

By Dirk Zuschlag As winter draws to a close, officially anyway, a lot of education policy is happening in the nation’s capital. Within the last week, all three federal branches got into the act: the Senate prepared to join the House in voting to “disapprove” key Obama Administration regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act… Read More »

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

By Dirk Zuschlag The New Year has already seen developments relevant to several posts from the last quarter of 2016. Here’s a brief update.    While the Connecticut School Finance Case Pends Last September, a Connecticut trial court issued its decision in CCJEF v. Rell, a long-running case where the issue was whether the state education… Read More »

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

By Dirk Zuschlag The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), became law in December 2015 with broad bipartisan and interest group support.  Since the law’s passage, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has been occupied with the formal administrative rulemaking process necessary to the law’s… Read More »

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

By Dirk Zuschlag Citizens last week voted yes or no on scores of statewide proposals, including seventeen in California. The nine measures in seven states that concerned education policy fall into two distinct categories: proposals affecting education funding and proposals affecting education governance. Proposals Affecting Education Funding Six proposals sought new or enhanced sources of… Read More »

Benefits to Higher Education Come at a Steep Price

Benefits to Higher Education Come at a Steep Price

  By Amy Auletto As millions of students prepare to graduate from college in the coming weeks, the topic of student loan debt is undoubtedly on the minds of many. The average college graduate in 2015 left school more than $35,000 in debt and took out an average of four loans – up from less… Read More »