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November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
July 19, 2018
New budget gives CPS CEO Janice Jackson opportunity to play offense
Running Chicago’s schools might be the toughest tour of duty in town for a public sector CEO. There have been eight chiefs in…
May 10, 2018
Colorado lawmakers’ pension compromise raises teacher retirement age, cuts benefits
The deal that emerged from 12 hours of negotiations Wednesday was not the deal that many people expected to see when the day started.
April 17, 2018
Colorado teachers plan more walkouts, and Jeffco canceled classes one day next week
The announcements come after hundreds of teachers marched at the Capitol Monday to protect their retirement benefits and call for more school funding.
Payday coming soon
February 23, 2018
Pension paybacks for Detroit district employees may show up in March
The Detroit district has a large burden, tasked with processing 13,416 refunds totaling $28.9 million.
teachers with borders
July 25, 2017
Schools near state lines perform worse — and rules discouraging teachers from moving may be to blame
Want a leg up in school? Don’t attend one near a state border. That’s the surprising finding of a new study published in the Economics of Education Review
Charters & Choice
February 5, 2016
These 22 education bills are still alive halfway through Indiana's 2016 legislative session
The bills switch chambers and could begin hearings as early as next week.
No free lunch
July 13, 2015
Study: Pension system shift could be costly in more ways than one
Converting the current pension plan for teachers and state worker to a defined contribution system could cost up to $15.9 billion over four decades, a new report says.
April 30, 2015
District liability bill gets initial House approval
Major bills on school district liability, the state pension system and budget adjustments that could help education were the focus of long Capitol debates Thursday.
April 29, 2015
House backs down in school finance fight; Indian mascots bill killed
Education issues from school funding to teacher pensions to American Indian mascots were debated Wednesday as lawmakers struggled through long calendars.
April 28, 2015
Big pension bill complicates session’s final days
A new bill would allow the state to sell bonds whose proceeds would be used to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, which covers all state teachers.
October 20, 2014
Supreme Court upholds cut in cost-of-living adjustment for PERA retirees
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld part of a 2010 law that made significant changes to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, including a reduction in the annual cost-of-living increase awarded to retirees.
October 16, 2014
Advocates: Pension systems a disincentive for many teachers
Current public employee pension systems don’t provide the right incentives to attract and retain younger teachers and need serious reform, a trio of advocates argue.
June 24, 2014
Pension system investments grew 15.6 percent in 2013
Investment returns for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association were 15.6 percent in 2013, the pension system reported Tuesday in its annual financial report. The…
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