Hartford schools to receive $600K for displaced students
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school district will receive nearly $600,000 in state funding to help cover the cost of taking in Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria and other storms.
Elmira College to reduce tuition
ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Elmira College says it will decrease its tuition by 15 percent next school year.
The private Southern Tier college announced Monday it will "reset" its tuition and fees to $35,400 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Elmira joins a number of colleges adjusting tuition costs amid rising higher education costs.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is seeking a 3 percent hike in tuition and fees that would make one semester of undergrad education cost nearly $5,600.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has voted unanimously to approve a bill updating the state's 25-year-old education funding formula.
The Senate adopted the recommendations of a committee which found the state's foundation budget formula is drastically underestimating education costs. Critics say that has forced cuts to classrooms and programs.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A proposed overhaul of Vermont's tax system would create an income tax surcharge to help fund schools and would aim to keep education costs down by linking them more closely with property taxes.
The House Committee on Ways and Means has approved a bill that would offset a $60 million cut to property taxes with a surcharge on income.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.
Utah Valley University might be raising its tuition for the next academic year, but it won’t be releasing figures until a public hearing on the issue next month.
District ordered to pay education costs of autistic student
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge ruled that the Douglas County School District did not provide an adequate education to a student who has autism and must reimburse his family for the cost of sending him to a private school.
Monday's ruling represents the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, The Denver Post reported .
Nebraska police officer receives $75,000 for college costs on ‘Ellen’
A Lincoln police officer and her daughter appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday and received a big surprise — $75,000 for college education costs.
Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin said it was a thrill.
"It's just a blessing,'' she said. "An unexpected, unbelievable blessing."
GREENWICH — Greenwich Public Schools special education costs have skyrocketed this year, and are nearly $1 million over budget, according to district financial reports, due to numerous settlements and tuition for student placements at institutions outside the district.
Missouri States decreases required credit hours to cut costs
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University is decreasing the number of credit hours required to graduate as part of a plan to make the school more affordable.
Months of state budget uncertainty have transitioned into painful reality for a number of area school districts.
In Bridgeport, which had already lost kindergarten aides, the district’s Parent Center and a chunk of its reading and math teachers, there is still a $4 million gap to bridge.
WVU Foundation plans 24-hour donation push
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Foundation plans to hold a 24-hour fundraising effort on Nov. 8 for the general unrestricted needs of its schools and colleges.
According to the foundation, its inaugural "Day of Giving" donations will go toward its "State of Minds" campaign that ends this year.
It includes scholarships as higher education costs are increasing while available funding decreases.
OLYMPIA – The Legislature only came part way to meeting a Supreme Court directive to improve public schools by passing a plan that doesn’t spend enough, soon enough, an attorney for the families who won a landmark decision on education said.
Bethel delays school renovations referendum in light of state budget uncertainty
BETHEL — Local leaders have decided to push back the proposed referendum on the elementary school renovations in the hope that they will have a better sense of the potential impact of a new state budget in the coming weeks.
Holcomb rolls out $24 million job training initiative
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled a program on Monday that will pay training and education costs for employers and workers in high demand fields.
The Republican says the education entitlement should help train workers — from welders and machinists, to nursing assistants and IT techs — for skilled and advanced technology jobs, which require more than a high school diploma.
LePage: Regionalizing schools will save taxpayer dollars
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor has a prescription for the sparsely populated, rural state's increasing education costs: Cut administrative costs and consolidate and regionalize school districts.
Gov. Paul LePage has been a long critic of the "top-heavy" education system and is lauding rural schools' efforts to work together to cut costs. As Maine's aging population dwindles, student enrollment is declining and per-pupil costs are rising.
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators will consider a bill to give parents state money they can use for their children's education outside of the public school system.
Republican Rep. Jeffrey Hanley's bill is set for a public hearing Monday.
His bill would have the Treasurer of State direct 90 percent of a state subsidy for a child's education into a savings account.
Using the Betsy DeVos playbook, Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff and East Hartford Representatives Jason Rojas and Jeffrey Currey are pushing major changes to Connecticut’s school funding system, concocted by the charter front group, the Connecticut School Finance Project; in order to funnel money directly from school districts to privately run charter schools.
Stamford Mayor David Martin called the city’s per-pupil share of state education funding “woefully inadequate” during a testimony Monday at the Legislature’s Education Committee in Hartford.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's system for distributing public education funds has been a source of complaints for years, with cities and towns arguing that the complicated formula is unfair, inadequate and underfunded.
Now facing a projected $1.7 billion budget deficit and a judge's recent ruling that parts of the funding system are unconstitutional, state legislators are under pressure to finally overhaul the 28-year-old Education Cost Sharing grant.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spouts rhetoric about the “urgency” to make progress in finding a “fair” system for funding Connecticut’s schools. Unfortunately, his 2018-19 school funding proposals will take Connecticut backward in its struggle to adequately and equitably fund education.
GREENWICH — Diving reluctantly into politics, the Greenwich Board of Education took a stance on several items contained within Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s recent budget proposal at their meeting on Thursday night.
ECS, special education aid, teacher pensions among possible cuts and costs for public schools
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield is at risk of losing millions in state aid earmarked for its public schools, as laid out in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget last week.
Cassetti: No Ansonia tax hike, library to take a hit
ANSONIA - Mayor David Cassetti presented a tentative proposed budget to the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night that calls for no change in taxes, but a dramatic decrease in library staff and hours.
LePage signs order to direct $3M for school consolidation
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order to direct $3 million to school consolidation efforts at a time of rising education costs and declining student enrollments.
LePage's order notes Maine's public school expenditures increased to $2.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended 2015. LePage said that's an almost $480 million increase over the past decade even though student enrollment decreased by 23,000.
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Education is expensive and getting more expensive all the time.
Hopefully this is something the Texas Legislature will address in the upcoming session.