At OPSRC, our mission is to support public schools across the state, and we’ve developed a creative solution to help our members with their school bond requests. As we all know, schools face critical budget shortages this year, and these shortages make it even more critical that schools find different ways to fund activities and expenses. One solution that many school districts rely on is passing a bond to fund much-needed capital expenses. The challenge with a bond is ensuring that community members understand why the school bond is necessary, they know what the funds generated by the bond will be used for and they understand the logistics of when and where to vote.
Call me old fashioned, but I like to receive mail. You know, the kind that comes in an envelope with a postage stamp that you retrieve from..wait for it...a mailbox.
Amid budget cuts—and probably more budget cuts—OPSRC would like to remind you that RIF assistance is available to our member schools. Now that springtime is just around the corner, it’s a good time to begin thinking in terms of whether you need to implement a RIF for the ensuing fiscal year, and if so, what you need to do. Some RIFs are quite complex, requiring a lot of thinking through and strategizing.
A report was recently released by Education Week outlining the results of a study on corporal punishment currently being used in schools throughout the U.S. Surprisingly, 21 states still allow and use corporal punishment.