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A Queens school secretary charged over $6,000 to a Middle College High School procurement account by purchasing luxuries on for herself and her family. Over seven years, Debbie Rizzo used the school account to buy herself a Dell computer, flowers, an iPod docking station, expensive sweaters, car service trips, a washer and dryer, ceiling fans and other household items. Unrelated to her crime spree, Rizzo was laid off last year due to budget cuts.  Continue Reading...

Los Angeles Spends $1.2 Billion to Build Three Schools
posted by: Colin | August 23, 2010, 07:47 am

Next month, Los Angeles will unveil what some are calling the most expensive public school ever. The RFK Community Schools complex, built on the infamous Ambassador Hotel, where school-namesake Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for the Democratic nomination, costs $578 million and will accommodate 4,200 students throughout its six pilot schools.  Continue Reading...

Go Green and Save Money by Reusing Supplies
posted by: Steph | August 02, 2010, 10:14 am

The economic downturn doesn’t have to adversely affect schools thanks to efforts by local innovators who find ways to help schools, teachers, and students get the supplies they need. The schools of Montgomery County, Maryland, have benefited from innovator Louise Newcomer who founded Drive for Supplies, an organization that keeps unused supplies out of landfills and puts them in the hands of students who will use them.  Continue Reading...

Save your school, one bowl of soup or cereal at a time
posted by: Steph | June 17, 2010, 12:37 pm

The economic crisis that hit in 2009 is hitting state and local budgets hard, and with the bulk of public education funding coming from states and localities, people should think beyond government aid to help save their schools and teachers. Campbell’s Soup Company has sponsored Labels for Education, a program that for more than 37 years has provided free educational equipment to schools in exchange for clipped proofs of purchase.  Continue Reading...

Something Has to Give: Schools Cutting Lunch Options
posted by: Colin | June 09, 2010, 08:24 am

"Food justice" advocates are in an uproar over New York City's plan to save $23.7 million by cutting meal choices, food-service workers, and free lunches. According to The Wall Street Journal, Mayor Bloomberg's proposal cuts the number of hot-meal options from three to two or from two to one, depending on how many are currently offered at the school. The plan also cuts 276 food service jobs and would cut the number of schools that receive free lunches.  Continue Reading...

Politicians Targeting Teachers Unions in Budget Crunch
posted by: Colin | June 07, 2010, 08:31 am

Politico reports that Republican and some Democratic politicians have turned on public workers and their labor unions—particularly teachers unions, including the NEA and the AFT. According to Politico, "public employee unions [are] emerging as an intransigent public enemy number one in cities and state capitals across the country."  Continue Reading...

New Jersey Update: Voters Say No to School Budgets
posted by: Colin | April 22, 2010, 09:53 am
With 58% of school district voters defeating their local budget, some are declaring at least a partial victory for Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), including the governor himself who called the election a "watershed moment." Victory or not, New Jersey voters usually approve 70% of school district budgets and this year marks the most budgets defeated since 1976.  Continue Reading...
Senate Considering Bailout for Teachers
posted by: Colin | April 15, 2010, 09:23 am

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is sponsoring a bill that would spend $23 billion of federal taxpayer money to help schools prevent impending layoffs. This $23 billion would be on top of the $100 billion provided to states as part of the 2009 economic stimulus. The bill follows warnings from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that budget cuts could lead to 100,000 to 300,000 layoffs across the country.   Continue Reading...

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