England’s state schools suffering biggest fall in funding since 1980s, says IFS



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State schools in England have suffered their worst decline in funding since the 1980s, with secondary schools and those in the most deprived areas the worst affected by the era of austerity, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The decline that began after the Conservative-led coalition government took office in 2010 is so deep, the additional £7bn pledged by the current government will not be enough to reverse the cuts by 2023, leaving school spending 1% lower than in 2009-10, the IFS notes.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the research exposed the scale of government underfunding of education over the past decade and the largest cuts to school spending in more than 40 years.

“This is a historic failure of the nation’s children. It is also striking that despite government rhetoric of ‘levelling

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In the 1980s, Women Advanced in Politics, Education and the Pay Gap

By Erin El Issa



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Credit History: In the 1980s, Women Advanced in Politics, Education and the Pay Gap

This series examines the financial progress made by women in the U.S. since the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in 1974. In this installment: the 1980s, the decade when Congress officially declared March as Women’s History Month.

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Strides in Continued Education

While college was largely a boys’ club in the early 20th century, women turned that around during the 1980s. Beginning in the ’80s, more than half of bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Women also made up about half of graduates from master’s programs and nearly 30% of graduates with doctorates for the 1980-1981 school year, though these degrees were disproportionately awarded to white women.

As women became more educated, their salaries began to increase in relation to

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