1. Average school spending has increased 3.7% to $12,201 per student, up from $11,763 in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Coming in at the top with $23,091 per student is New York, followed by Connecticut and New Jersey. At the bottom of the spending pack is Utah allotting just $7,179 per student; then come Idaho at $7,486 and Oklahoma at $7,940.

 

  1. California is already over-run with charter schools, and now comes word that three districts in Oakland alone lost $67 million to charters in what’s called “stranded costs.” Such losses are the result of public monies following students to their respective charters but not the costs for such high-ticket items as heating, cooling, and busing; these remain behind, so districts lose out.

 

  1. In Arizona where 85% of students attend traditional public schools, Republican legislators now want those who head to out-of-state private schools to receive taxpayer funded vouchers.

 

  1. As has happened before, on May 16 when U.S. Secretary of Education visited California’s Poway Unified School District, her staff asked that it not be publicized. That’s because she must now travel with U.S. Marshalls to keep her safe, and, according to NBC News, such costs can reach $20 million by September. In other cases, she’s simply been dis-invited due to strong push back.

 

  1. According to the Software & Information Industry Association, U.S. schools districts spend $8.4 billion on ed-tech software annually–but $5.6 billion of it is wasted every year. That’s because, finds Common Sense Media, 31% of educators lack training and so don’t use it.

 

  1. The School Nutrition Program reports that, in 2016-17, 75% of school districts held unpaid student meal debt. The median amount was $2,500, but the figures range from single digits to more than $86,000, even though the USDA spends more than $22 billion annually on child nutrition programs. Unfortunately, it does not allow the use of these federal dollars to pay off said debts, thus forcing districts to use their own general funds.