More US education news in the UK press

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    I especially love the second link and Pike school district’s idea of training students for careers they are interested in or paying for them to graduate with college credits/degrees. I also 100% agree with what the superintendent espouses when he says, “There’s a fine line between defining poverty as a barrier and using it as an excuse for why kids can’t do well.”
     
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    So depressing. I'm "lucky" to be in a state (CA) where pay has risen, but at least in my area, it certainly hasn't kept up with the astronomical cost of living. I am especially alarmed to see that teacher pay has fallen in Colorado, since one of the lines given for legalizing marijuana there was that it would create tax dollars for education. I wonder if anyone in Colorado knows what happened there?
     
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    It is very alarming that teacher salaries continue to decrease in red states and the seldom blue state and that fewer teachers graduate from teaching credential programs year after year. The future of education is bleak if this trend continues...
     
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    I'm in CO. The "pot money" thing is a very pervasive, but complete myth. A small amount of money goes to ONLY rural districts, and can ONLY be used for infrastructure. Here in Denver, we get nothing. Even schools that are supposedly benefiting aren't really...the amount they get is just the tiniest drop in the bucket.

    I don't know if this happens in your area, but it's kind of like when there are ballot measures for things like the lottery or casinos and they say, "But we're using the money for education!" They'll throw out some number that sounds impressive to people who don't know what they're talking about- like, "Wow, $100,000 for schools!" Except even one tiny district's operating budget is millions...

    It's also caused issues because of the fact that the rhetoric was so pervasive, people think we have pot money and therefore don't need other money. I've even heard otherwise well informed parents at my own school talking about how the money from legalization must be really helping. We've been super fortunate in my district to have passed several levies and bond issues, but they're failing almost everywhere else because people think the schools are getting pot money.
     

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