Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every week.
1. Kansas lawmakers pass school finance bill merging funding equity with education reforms — Kansas City Star
Kansas legislators passed a version of the school finance bill that includes policy changes making it easier to fire teachers. It also promotes school choice by allowing corporations to earn tax right offs if they contribute to scholarships for special needs and low-income students to attend private schools. Governor Brownback has yet to sign the bill, or comment on its controversial amendments.
2. Paying off student loans puts a dent in wallets, and the economy — NPR
In the U.S., student loan debt surpasses credit card debt. William Elliott, director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas, explains to NPR how student debt is not just a financial barrier for many, but also a drain on the economy.
3. Why six years of high school might pay off in the workforce — PBS NewsHour
A handful of high schools across the country are adopting a new model which offers students a year-round, six-year high school experience and an opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associates degree. The NewsHour profiles the P-TECH school in Brooklyn, N.Y., which was created by a partnership with IBM, the New York Department of Education, and the City University of New York.
The 2014 list of the Washington Post’s most challenging high schools was released Monday. Schools are ranked from one to 1900 based a score calculated from the total number of AP, IB and AICE tests given at a school each year and divided by the number of seniors who graduated. The Kansas City greater metro area had 12 schools make the list. The highest ranked high school among those was Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kan. with a rank of 342.
5. What happens to due process for Kansas teachers? — KCUR
Steve Kraske sits down with State Representative John Bradford, who backed eliminating due process rights, and Kansas National Education Association’s Director of Government Relations Mark Desetti to discuss the controversial move by Kansas lawmakers.
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