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Recent Posts by Sean Gill

March 04, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

States Should Do More to Secure Retirement Savings for Their Teachers

We should be worried about states’ teacher pension systems. The sad truth is that underfunding is putting teachers’ retirement at risk, and outdated rules create a major barrier in attracting the next generation of great teachers.  Read More»

August 29, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

High School and Public Library Come Together to Form a 21st Century Learning Center

My first job in high school was shelving returned books at my local public library in Carlsbad, California. It was a great job because I got to page through titles that caught my eye, making the hours pass quickly. But what I enjoyed most was helping to open a brand new facility in the fall of 1999.  Read More»

June 27, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

With LCFF, California Sets the Stage to Meet Student Needs

"For me it’s like common sense, but it’s actually revolutionary," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when asked recently about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Read More»

April 09, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

Play Ball!

Every April, when the ivy is just beginning to show at Wrigley Field, lifelong Chicago Cubs fans, like myself, have a renewed hope that this is our year.  Read More»

March 15, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

Support Great Charter Schools

Public charter schools receive at least 7 percent less funding than traditional public schools. This means that some students receive $1,000 less in education funding than their peers simply because they attend public charter schools. Read More»

March 06, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

With budget flexibility, Governor and Legislature may take important step in restoring CA schools

Could increased spending flexibility help schools serve California's students in new and innovate ways? Yes! Read More»

December 11, 2012 posted by Sean Gill

Principles for Smart Education Funding Discussed in Ohio

As many StudentsFirst members in Ohio already know, Gov. John Kasich intends to issue a plan in 2013 to reform the state’s method for providing K-12 funding to schools. Ohio is not alone, as other states such as Minnesota, Georgia, and California may also take up reforms to their school funding formulas next year.  Read More»

May 17, 2012 posted by Sean Gill

Californians want smart education spending

A recent poll shows that over 90% of Californians believe that increased funding alone will not improve schools. By changing state mandates, we can spend our limited resources in a way that benefits students. Read More»