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Washington Post, 11/9/17

Private universities to surpass their public counterparts in tuition revenue growth

In its annual survey of four-year colleges and universities, the credit rating agency said private institutions project net tuition revenue — the money earned from students after colleges provide financial aid — will climb about 2.4 percent in fiscal 2018. Meanwhile, public universities anticipate a 2 percent growth rate during that period due to pricing constraints and shifting demographics. Moody’s polled a total of 280 of the colleges and universities it rates for the survey.

Sacramento Bee, 11/13/17

California promises free community college tuition, but how will it pay?

Two years ago, Folsom Lake College began a partnership with the city of Rancho Cordova to provide a fee waiver for residents who were recent high school graduates. Funding comes from a half-cent sales tax levied by the city. The program, still in its first cohort of students, is overwhelmingly popular, Robinson said, and student success rates are up as well.

The Herald Bulletin, 11/6/17

Rural, urban schools share similar struggles

In all, 28.5 percent of America’s schools are rural, and 48 percent of those rural students are from low-income families, the report said. Those are significant numbers, and so are these — we don’t spend nearly as much money on rural schools as we do in other areas. Only 17 percent of education funding goes to rural schools. On average, $6,067 is spent per year on each student in rural schools. Compare that to the national average of $11,841 spent per student each year.

Center for Reinventing Public Education, 4/28/17

Report: How states can promote local innovation, options, and problem-solving in public education

State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented. As states rework their education policies under ESSA, state and local leaders need a way to assess their current policy environment and identify the changes needed to encourage local innovation and problem-solving. Read the overview, open up the self-assessment tool, then dig into the state policy reviews and recommendations in four key areas: systemsschoolsfamilies, and funding.

American Statesman, 5/1/17

Texas: Senate passes bill to help save charter schools money on construction

Senate Bill 1480, which would allocate an additional $3 billion of the Permanent School Fund to back charter school bonds, passed the Senate Monday, with four Republicans voting against the measure. The $30 billion Permanent School Fund, the largest education endowment in the country, guarantees bonds from traditional school districts and charter schools, allowing them to borrow money for construction at lower interest rates.