After massive tax hike, Cleveland schools spend big on employee travel

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 8th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

CLEVELAND – It’s hard to blame the teachers and residents of the Cleveland school district for questioning the need for budget cuts over the past few years. In November 2012, Cleveland voters approved a massive 15-mill property tax increase to provide new revenue for the school district. The four-year levy, described by as “the […]

CLAIM: CO school district hid money to cut programs, cry poverty — and pay union bonuses

By Steve Gunn on Friday, February 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

THORNTON, Colo. – Taxpayers and journalists often take school officials at their word when they say money is tight and budget cuts are necessary. Perhaps a little more scrutiny is necessary. One shred of evidence comes from the Adams 12 Five Star school district in Colorado, where school officials cited a lack of funds as […]

Kenosha schools don’t change big-spending ways, despite scrutiny

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 in Spending No Comments

KENOSHA, Wis. – Perhaps we’ve reached the point where government can’t even be shamed into controlling its spending. In 2013, EAGnews released a report revealing that the Kenosha, Wisconsin school district had spent large and questionable sums of taxpayer dollars on hotels, air fare, rental cars and restaurants during fiscal year 2011-12. To their credit, […]

Teachers embrace National School Choice Week, celebrate all educational options

By Association of American Educators on Friday, January 29th, 2016 in School Choice No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – School choice is a hot topic in 2016. Whether headlines point to students excelling in public charter schools or in innovative blended learning programs, students and teachers are taking advantage of the options and flexibility provided by school choice policies across the country. The fact is every educational setting is a choice. […]

Despite hundreds of six figure administrators, less than half of Jefferson County students proficient

By Steve Gunn on Monday, January 25th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Top-heavy administration in public schools often seems to be a recipe for sub-par academic results. One example is the Jefferson County, Kentucky school district, which includes the city of Louisville. In 2014, a story broke on about the percentage of resources the school district was spending on administration versus the classroom. […]

Just 14% of Baltimore students proficient, despite high administrator salaries

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 in Spending No Comments

BALTIMORE – A published list of top salaries for the Baltimore City school district in 2013-14 is a little confusing at first. One column of the spreadsheet lists “regular earnings,” which is obviously what each employee was paid in regular salary or hourly wage. But there are two more columns – titled “additional earnings” and […]

1,272 Milwaukee school employees make over $100,000 a year

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

MILWAUKEE – It’s hardly a secret that Milwaukee Public Schools dug a deep financial hole over the years with overgenerous benefit packages for employees. As far back as 2010, Milwaukee City Alderman Bob Donovan pointed out that the district was spending 74 cents on employee benefits for every dollar in salary. The average teacher had […]

New WI cheer regulations under fire: ‘Let students play and let fans be fans’

By Right Wisconsin on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

MADISON, Wis. – State Rep. Dale Kooyenga addressed the controversy over the WIAA’s decision to ban certain chants at athletic events with a letter to the association. “Let the students play and let the fans be fans,” said Kooyenga. The WIAA rules on student chants earned national attention this week when a student athlete earned a suspension […]

Forced dues by government unions scrutinized during Supreme Court hearing

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Unions 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a case that could end mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers, which are currently required in about half the states in the country. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and involves whether requiring teachers and other government employees […]

Tulsa staff jet to Vegas, New Orleans, DC — despite numerous ‘failing’ school grades

By Steve Gunn on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

TULSA, Okla. – Every year, public schools across the nation cumulatively spend hundreds of millions of dollars to travel and participate in various educational conferences, conventions and workshops. They justify the expense by saying that teachers and other staffers are networking and improving their skills, which will benefit students and increase the quality of instruction […]

225 Philadelphia principals make $100K+, despite woeful academic results

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Who should be held responsible for the academic problems in the Philadelphia school district? Many people would blame the thousands of classroom teachers, who are on the front lines of student instruction. They make, on average, somewhere around $65,000 per year. But what about their bosses – the principals and assistant principals – […]

Dallas schools’ financial state a moving target as administrators rake in big bucks

By Steve Gunn on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

DALLAS – Last spring, Dallas Independent School District officials were accused of transferring special “at risk” dollars that were meant for schools with more economically disadvantaged students to schools with wealthier students. After a complaint was filed with the state, district officials made corrections and started to fully fund at least some of the disadvantaged […]