School board candidates talk referendum and achievement gaps – Austin Daily Herald

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a Q&A featuring Austin School Board candidates on issues facing the school district.

This week are Al Eckmann, Carolyn Dube and Cece Kroc.

1. The school board has given the green light for putting an operating levy referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot. How do you sell the need for the referendum to the public?

Al Eckmann: For the past few years Austin Public Schools has been living on a budget that had a small growth in revenue because of an increasing student enrollment. Currently we have a decreasing number of total students served by approximately 220. The same forecast is predicted for future years.

We are currently last in the Big Nine Conference of operating referendum per student with $800 to a high at Winona of $3,594. And our Unassigned Fund Balance has also been dropping because of declining enrollment. Our

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Sanders, teammates talk about development of second-year quarterback | OSU Sports

When Oklahoma State headed into last year’s opener at Oregon State, there was still uncertainty at the quarterback position.

According to Mike Gundy at the time, there was a plan to try out both Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown.

But obviously due to his play, Sanders was left on the field and was solidified as starter – taking the snaps under center until a blowout or his late-season injury to his passing hand.

Now that there is no doubting who the starting signal-caller is in the Oklahoma State offense, everybody – both coaches or teammates – seems to feel a growing comfort with the redshirt sophomore.

“I think he’s developing into a leader on our football team, because he’s a returning starter,” Gundy said. “He understands our culture and day-to-day operation within our program. The players respect him because of his competitive nature. He’s a little different than he was

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Tribute to the late Sir Ken Robinson, education reformer whose 2006 TED Talk remains the most popular

I’ve been involved in education all my professional life, since my early 20s, and I’ve done a lot with systems reforms, with governments, school districts, different countries. And it’s all been empowered by the same set of principles, which is reduced to the fact that I think our systems are outmoded. They make poor use of people’s talents. And we can’t afford that socially, culturally or economically anymore. We do need to think very differently about how we educate kids. …

Governments at the state and federal level have taken the reins of education in a very significant sort of way. It began in this country with the [1983] report in the Reagan administration, “A Nation at Risk,” when there was this massive concern that, as they put it, schools in this country were “drowning in a rising tide of mediocrity.” No Child Left Behind [2002] was part of that,

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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11 | Vanderbilt News

By Jenna Somers and Jane Hirtle

Margaret Martonosi (photo by David Kelly Crow)

Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT hosted by Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. Faculty, students and staff are invited to register to attend the presentation and take part in an open discussion and Q&A session about CISE and its key focus areas, including cyberinfrastructure, computing and communication, computer and network systems and information and intelligent systems, as well as funding opportunities and NSF future directions in these areas.

Register for the event here. >>

“I am pleased to welcome my close colleague Dr. Margaret Martonosi to Vanderbilt,” said Raghavan, who serves as a member of the advisory boards for the CISE Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. “Margaret

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Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education


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NOTE INTO A POSITIVE CHANGE. AND CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT 2020 COVERAGE THIS MORNING, WE ASKED THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR THEIR THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION EQUALITY. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU GROW UP, WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, WHAT FAMILY YOU COME FROM, THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE. REGARDLESS OF YOUR ZIP COD AND PART OF THAT IS DOING AND BUILDING OFF OF THE BUDGET WE PASSED. WE SECURED $140 MILLION IN NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FUNDIN , STATE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN THE LAST BUDGET. THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN 20 YEARS. THE BIGGEST SCHOOL BUDGET STATE SUPPORT IN HISTORY. FINALLY DOING FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN. SOMETHING I RAN ON IN 2014 FOR THE FIRST TIME WE

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