Posts Tagged ‘schools’

Other Big State Universities Tighten Their Belts — U-M Has Much To Learn

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

By Jarret Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
ANN ARBOR — The Wall Street Journal reports that tightening state budgets and declining state funds are forcing public universities to make choices in funding priorities.

Ohio State University is considering leasing their university-run parking lots and privatizing other assets “including two 18-hole golf courses, a small airport and a power grid.” The University of Kentucky and Portland State University are also instituting plans that would partially transfer dormitory operations to a private company.

The plan illustrates how “institutions don’t have the resources they once did, and so they are trying to leverage every dollar possible,” said Peter Eckel, vice president at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in the article.

The University of Michigan has complained of state appropriation cuts and President Mary Sue Coleman recently wrote a letter to President Obama asking for greater public support for higher education. Yet during a statewide and then nationwide recession, her university increased staff numbers and still enjoyed a skyrocketing boost in revenue. U-M also owns and operates two golf courses and spends an average of $129,000 per degree.

Other public universities in the state are not so cost-effective, spending $7,000 per degree above the national average.


Home Child Care Providers in NC Face Lunch Inspection Mandates

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

By Matt Willoughby | Civitas Institute

RALEIGH – Some parents and lawmakers say the discussion over the Hoke County school lunch issue continues to skirt two key overarching issues. One is what some parents see as an intrusion into their rights when government officials inspect homemade lunches and decide they don’t meet nutrition standards. Another area of concern expressed by some lawmakers is that of unelected bureaucrats making up rules to implement state laws.

People who are paid to babysit children in their private residences could face those same concerns. The Child Care Commission makes the rules covering child care in North Carolina and has proposed the same nutrition rules governing pre-K programs should apply to private Family Child Care Homes. Those are private residences that care for at least two children who are not related to the homeowners.

According to records at the Division of Childhood Development and Early Education (DCDEE), there are 3,338 licensed Family Care Homes in North Carolina serving 19,631 children.

Currently the nutrition rules for those homes are not as stringent as those for pre-K programs, such as the one at West Hoke Elementary School. It became the subject of national attention when children were told their homemade lunches didn’t meet nutrition standards, so the children had to take school food in addition to their bag lunches.

That could become an issue for the Family Child Care Homes under the rules proposed by the Child Care Commission. While those homes don’t have to supplement homemade lunches now, they would have to do so under the new regulations. The proposed rules also prohibit homeowners from serving such snacks as cookies, chips or donuts, except for special occasions.

Children older than 24 months would have to be provided with a snack or meal every four hours. But the meal could not include flavored milk, sugary drinks (including Kool-Aid) sweet tea and fruit drinks. The caregiver also could not give an infant juice in a bottle without permission from a heath care professional.

The homeowner also would have to provide an area for mothers who are breastfeeding their infants. Under the new rules the accommodation would have to be in an area other than a bathroom, have an electrical outlet and be shielded from view by staff and the public.

The Child Care Commission will continue to review the rules at a meeting on May 8. Whatever that panel approves moves on to the Rules Review Commission for consideration. After the Rules Review Commission acts, then citizens have 24 hours to object to any rule. If at least ten people sign a petition of objection, the rule goes to the General Assembly for a hearing. Continue reading.


Parents upset “chicken nuggets” teacher in Hoke County suspended over the incident

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

By Matt Willoughby | NC Civitas

HOKE COUNTY, NC — At least two families were sent letters from Hoke County Assistant Superintendent Bob Barnes informing them their children’s pre-K teacher was suspended while the infamous“chicken nuggets” incident is investigated. On January 30 some pre-K students at West Hoke Elementary School were told their homemade lunch didn’t meet national nutrition standards. They were then forced to accept school food to supplement their bagged lunch.

State and local officials denied any responsibility. Then the parents received the letter from Barnes dated February 28 telling them teacher’s assistant Emma Thomas would take over the class in place of the teacher Margaret Maynor.  While the parents complained about school officials inspecting their children’s lunches they didn’t point a finger at Ms. Maynor.

The Government Relations Director for the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), Brian Lewis, was asked if NCAE was doing anything for Ms. Maynor. His reply by email was: “… she’s not a member.  It looks like the NC taxpayer will be paying her legal bills.”


School choice makes national waves

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Not just an issue for conservatives anymore

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Americans like to choose.

Choosing success: School choice grows amid controversy in Wisconsin

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON — The fire took everything.

A community inside a school brought it all back.


Educational choice in PA has expanded in past 20 years

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — School choice is advancing in Pennsylvania, even as a public school voucher plan remains stuck in legislative limbo.


VA school choice advocates push tax credits for corporate scholarships

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By Hannah Hess | Virginia Statehouse News

RICHMOND — Parents of children who are struggling in some of Virginia’s most troubled public schools could get more choices, if Republicans win tax breaks for companies that make donations for low-income students to attend private institutions.


School choice debate to resume in Kansas education committee

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter

TOPEKA — Parents get to choose the tax-supported colleges and universities in which to enroll their children, says one longtime advocate of homeschooling.


Tax credit elevates Iowa’s standing for school choice

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

By Lynn Campbell  |

DES MOINES — Despite having no school voucher program and only seven charter schools, Iowa fares well nationally as a state giving parents options of how to educate their children.