Category Archives: Schools K-12

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2008-09 (Fiscal Year 2009)

Source: Stephen Q. Cornman, Amber M. Noel, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NCES 2012313, November 2011

From the summary:
This brief publication contains basic revenue and expenditure data, by district, for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2008-2009. It contains district-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function, including expenditures per pupil.

The State of America’s Children 2011

Source: Children’s Defense Fund, July 18, 2011

From the abstract:
CDF’s new report The State of America’s Children 2011 finds children have fallen further behind in many of the leading indicators over the past year as the country slowly climbs out of the recession. This is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on population, poverty, family structure, family income, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence. The report provides key child data showing alarming numbers of children at risk: children are the poorest age group with 15.5 million children–one in every five children in America–living in poverty, and more than 60 percent of fourth, eighth and 12th grade public school students are reading or doing math below grade level.

District outsources to the machines

Source: Cleaning and Maintenance Management Online, August 9, 2011

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — The Upper Merion Area School District recently acquired a second Gen X – Duo Bot robotic floor scrubber from Intellibot, according to a press release.

Due to tightening budgets and decreased staffing, the robotic scrubbers have become an integral part of the custodial operation at Upper Merion, the release stated.
See also:
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Board of School Directors of the Upper Merion Area School District meeting May 2, 2011

Emergency Decree Cuts Wages for Detroit School Workers

Source: Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, August 2, 2011

Public sector unions predicted Michigan’s emergency manager law would be used to savage their contracts–and now their warnings are proving accurate.

The Detroit school district’s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, is using the near-dictatorial powers granted to him by the March bill to impose a 10 percent wage cut on all 10,000 employees and make them pay more for their health care.

Roberts thoughtfully included his own $250,000 salary in those to be cut….According to Newbold, if Roberts applies the cut to lunch aides, they will drop below minimum wage.

School Foodservice Costs: Location Matters

Source: Michael Ollinger, Katherine Ralston, and Joanne Guthrie, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Report No. (ERR-117), May 2011

From the abstract:
Over 42 million meals–31.2 million lunches and 11 million breakfasts–were served on a typical school day in fiscal year 2009 to children through USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. School food authorities (SFAs) operate local school feeding programs and deliver the meals to the schools. SFAs must serve appealing, healthful meals while covering food, labor, and other operating costs, a challenge that may be more difficult for some SFAs than for others due to differences in costs per meal across locations. Analysis of data on school costs per meal from a large, nationally representative sample reveals that geographic variation is important. In the 2002-03 school year, SFAs in the Southwestern United States had, on average, consistently lower foodservice costs per meal than did SFAs in other regions. Urban locations had lower costs per meal than did their rural and suburban counterparts. Wage and benefit rates, food expenditures per meal, and SFA characteristics such as the mix of breakfasts and lunches served each contributed to the differences in foodservice costs per meal across locations. The importance of these factors varied by location.

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2008-09 (Fiscal Year 2009)

Source: Frank Johnson, Lei Zhou, Nanae Nakamoto, National Center for Education Statistics, NCES 2011329, June 2011

From the abstract:
This First Look report presents state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2008-09. Part of the Common Core of Data (CCD), this report presents data submitted annually to NCES by state education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Findings include: • Current expenditures per pupil for public elementary and secondary education were $10,591 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. • Adjusting for inflation, per pupil state and local revenues decreased by 1 percent or more in 16 states and increased by 1 percent or more in 25 states from FY 08 to FY 09. • Between FY 08 and FY 09, per pupil current expenditures decreased by 1 percent or more in 8 states and increased by 1 percent or more in 36 states.

Are School Librarians Expendable?

Source: New York Times, Room for Debate, June 26, 2011

School librarians are on the chopping block as states and cities seek to cut their education budgets. In New York City, education officials say that after several years in a row of cutting costs, freezing wages and eliminating extracurricular activities, they may have no choice but to turn to librarians. And with technological advances, education policy makers are rethinking how they view library services in general. Do superintendents and principals see librarians as more expendable than other school employees? If so, why?

Debaters include:
Assessing the Unassessable – Jessamyn West Jessamyn West, librarian

Teachers, Not Librarians – Ze’ev Wurman Ze’ev Wurman, former adviser, U.S. Department of Education

Don’t Blame the Principal – Carol Simpson Carol Simpson, former school librarian

Libraries and Literacy – C. Kent McGuire C. Kent McGuire, Southern Education Foundation

Lady Gaga Librarians – Gwyneth A. Jones Gwyneth A. Jones, “The Daring Librarian”

Thank You, Mrs. Morgan – Francine Prose Francine Prose, author, “Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife”

Federal Education Budget Project

Source: New America Foundation, 2011

From about:
The Federal Education Budget Project produces a continuous stream of rigorous, independent research on and analysis of all facets of federal education finance. Our expert staff analyzes the financing, quality, and cost-effectiveness of various federal initiatives-including each year’s federal education budget, appropriations legislation, education-related tax policy changes, and mandatory spending on student loans. Such analyses are intended to serve as an important check in the education debate, exposing the real world impact of proposed policies and budgets.

ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Council – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

Source: People For the American Way Foundation, 2011

When state legislators across the nation introduce similar or identical bills designed to boost corporate power and profits, reduce workers rights, limit corporate accountability for pollution, or restrict voting by minorities, odds are good that the legislation was not written by a state lawmaker but by corporate lobbyists working through the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators and work with them to get special-interest legislation introduced. It’s win-win for corporations, their lobbyists, and right-wing legislators. But the big losers are citizens whose rights and interests are sold off to the highest bidder….

… ALEC’s major funders include Exxon Mobil, the Scaife family (Allegheny Foundation and the Scaife Family Foundation), the Coors family (Castle Rock Foundation), Charles Koch (Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation), the Bradley family (The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation) and the Olin family (John M. Olin Foundation). These organizations consistently finance right-wing think tanks and political groups.

Members of ALEC’s board represent major corporations such as Altria, AT&T, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Koch Industries, Kraft, PhRMA, Wal-Mart, Peabody Energy, and State Farm. Such corporations represent just a fraction of ALEC’s approximately three hundred corporate partners. According to the American Association for Justice, over eighty percent of ALEC’s finances come from corporate contributions….

…The Issues ALEC Lobbies For:
– Undercutting Health Care Reform: Pulling out all the stops to weaken the health care reform law.

– Corporate Power and Workers’ Rights: Curbing protections for workers while eliminating checks and regulations on corporations.

– Voter ID and Election LawsBoosting corporate clout by making it harder for young and low-income Americans to exercise their right to vote.

– Tax Policy: Encouraging tax cuts for the rich that exacerbate state budget problems.

– Private School Vouchers: Taking aim at public education by bolstering risky, wasteful, and ineffective private school voucher programs.

– Obstructing Environmental Protection: Using energy industry dollars to fight climate change policies and regulations on polluters.