School Finance 101 on International Spending/Achievement Comparisons. One thing I really enjoy when reading Dr. Bruce Baker's School Finance 101 blog is that he never pulls any punches. Baker writes passionately and today's entry on how the comparisons on spending and achievement are misleading when discussing the academic progress of schools in the United States. The entry is based on a study published by the Shanker Institute and there is a link in the entry to the entire text of the report.
Here you go: School Finance 101 for June 8, 2016
I strongly recommend that you sign up to follow Dr. Baker's blog. Whether or not you agree with his findings, you can't help but respect his enthusiasm and everything he writes will make you think.
Around the Web and Around the World. I came across this item from ozy.com about an educational experiment taking place in Poland that would allow for "open" textbooks. Interesting in that an era when discussion tends to push toward greater uniformity, the Poles are heading in a different direction.
Link: Polish Educational Changes
Kudos to my Hometown! It's graduation time and I wanted to congratulate my hometown for raising $56,000 for scholarships awarded to a number of graduating seniors. It's also important to note that a local manufacturer--Gemini Corporation--funded two $100,000 (that's not a typo--it's $100,000) scholarships for seniors Bjorn Pearson and Matt Moskal as they enroll in engineering studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota respectively. It's great to see a business step up in this and contribute in a very concrete manner to the education of promising students.
Here is an article from the Cannon Falls Beacon about Gemini's connection with the Cannon Falls school district: Gemini Industries/Cannon Falls School District article