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Charters' enrollments climb 28% in region Increase means a l...
Ann Arbor News
Friday, September 24, 2004
BY PATTY MAHER News Staff Reporters

Debbie Caddell whisked her 7-year-old daughter, Destiny, into Ypsilanti's Ardis Renaissance Academy about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, and with a daisy-shaped pen registered her attendance.

Destiny's presence was especially important at Ardis Wednesday, the official count day, when school districts and charter schools tallied students to help determine the amount of state aid they will get.

District 150 deficit comes with real honesty
Peoria Journal Star
September 17, 2004

Weren't we at this same spot not quite a year ago in District 150 regarding the budget?

The editorial for Nov. 30, 2003, began this way: "There's an old axiom in the journalism business that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is." Back then it was Superintendent Kay Royster's claim that she'd painlessly cut $7.5 million out of the 2004 budget through "revenue enhancement and cost containment." Why, it was a miracle after years and...
Better for schools: State doing well to restore cuts in deli...
Grand Rapids Press
Friday, September 17, 2004

Michigan's economy is picking up but not in time to deliver the state budget boost that local schools need. The hold-the-line spending plan just adopted for the schools next year is the best that could be expected. More from the Legislature and Gov. Granholm would have been unrealistic.

Local school districts are getting a $74 increase in per-pupil funding, but that merely restores an amount that Ms. Granholm cut last winter to offset a re...
No Child Left Behind fails to educate Latino students
Dos Mundos Online
By Raul Yzaguirre

Two years ago, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law. Many in the Latino community supported this legislation because they believed the Bush administration would provide the funding needed to successfully implement the program. Unfortunately, the president has failed to live up to his promise and has placed the education of millions of Latino children in jeopardy.

The Bush administration has spent the last two ...
No Child Left Behind Brings Tough Decision For Local High Sc...
Arlington Heights Journal
Journal Reporter
September 2, 2004

Twp. High School Dist. 214 is going to have to think long and hard about how badly it needs to keep Title I funding flowing into its schools, and if $358,498 in federal assistance is worth complying with part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

As it stands right now, Dist. 214 may have to offer "school choice" to students in the three high schools that receive Title I funding, namely Elk Gr...
Budget cuts result in smaller, stretched staff at schools th...
Algona Upper Des Moines
By Joanne Roepke Bode, County Editor September 02, 2004

Last October, Governor Tom Vilsack ordered a 2.5 percent cut in state spending for Iowa's schools. This cut was felt particularly deep by many small schools facing already tight budgets, No Child Left Behind standards and, in many cases, declining enrollment.

Now that classes are back in session, schools are dealing with the cuts, whether they like it or not. Most administrators do their best to avoid compl...
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