Martha Heath By Martha Heath Twenty years ago, Vermont made a firm commitment to retain local control of decisions about school spending. This carefully considered choice came in the wake of the Brigham decision in 1997, when the Vermont Supreme Court ruled the state’s education funding system was unconstitutional. The decision made it clear the state had the ultimate responsibility to ensure the Vermont’s schoolchildren had equal educational opportunities. To satisfy the court, the legislature crafted a funding system that recognizes that we are all responsible for educating all of the children in the state. At the same time, the system affirms spending decisions should be made locally by those closest to and with the best understanding of the needs of the children in the community. Lately, though, Montpelier appears to be backing away from this important commitment to local decision-making. In December, the governor asked local school boards to match him in holding … [Read more...] about Perspective: Local control is key to public education success
Padre Dam Municipal Water District continues to reap awards.The Santee-based water jurisdiction received the 2018 Recycled Water Community Outreach/Public Education Program of the Year award from a not-for-profit group that represents 60 million utility customers nationwide.The not-for-profit WateReuse presented the award at its annual conference to Padre Dam for its East County Advanced Water Purification Program.Padre Dam, which is creating a sustainable and drought-proof drinking water supply through reclamation and purification, picked up the award on March 26 in Monterey.Padre Dam’s public education and community outreach program includes an overview video, an animated video for families, a speakers bureau, informative website and an extensive tour program.Padre Dam’s water purification facility opened in 2015, recycling water from the Ray Stoyer Water Reclamation Facility and treating it to become safe drinking water.The steps are: free chlorine disinfection, membrane … [Read more...] about Padre Dam water district reaps award for public education efforts
Skip to main Content Alaska News Alaska Life Politics Outdoor/Adventure Opinions Sports Nation/World Local Anchorage | Anchorage 21°F Anchorage: 21°F Subscribe Obituaries Advertise Customer Service E-edition Feedback Sponsored Content Opinions Author: Ben Walker | Opinion Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Plus Print article As 2018 Alaska State Teacher of the Year, I want to make what has unfortunately become a controversial statement: The United States has one of the premier public education systems on the planet. We educate a wider variety of students, we do it free of charge, in the least restrictive environment, and at a strikingly high success rate. The clear connection between poverty and achievement is well documented and when taken into account, we are … [Read more...] about Alaska Teacher of the Year: Our public education system isn’t ‘broken’
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Díaz: How sending a birthday card can show you support public education Arizona Educators United, the group behind #RedforEd, wants to send Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey 100,000 birthday cards by April 9. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Elvia Díaz, opinion columnist Published 6:13 a.m. MT April 3, 2018 Elvia Diaz: Arizona Educators United, the group behind #RedforEd, wants to send Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey 100,000 birthday cards by April 9. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE There is an easy and friendly way to support Arizona teachers’ quest for higher pay. Just send Gov. Doug Ducey a … [Read more...] about Díaz: How sending a birthday card can show you support public education
Name an obstacle a community faces — economy, jobs, health, infrastructure, public safety, poverty — and at the heart of any sustainable solution you will find a common, essential ingredient: Education is critical to success.It was heartening to see the more than 130 Tucsonans who attended an open community forum on education Monday evening. For two hours, participants shared their ideas for improving public education in Tucson and Pima County.The Arizona Daily Star and City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who represents Ward 6, hosted the gathering. Catherine Tornbom, of the Center for Community Dialogue, led a legion of trained volunteers who worked with small groups to identify priorities and obstacles to boosting our education system.The Star is focusing on education, and specifically early childhood education, as a priority on our editorial pages. The forum “Public Education in Tucson & Pima County: What’s Next?” was the first, with more to … [Read more...] about Star Opinion: How would you fix public education?