Pros and cons of the 4-day school week

Jennifer Smith is a clinical associate professor of special education in Purdue University’s College of Education. In this video, she goes over the benefits and challenges that come with a four-day school week. Smith says many rural districts are adopting a shorter school week in order to reduce budget costs and attract more teachers. Some four-day schools have had up to four times the number of applicants compared to districts with five-day weeks. However, parents of elementary schoolchildren in these 4-day districts may have to pay more for child care. Some schools are offering child care during the now empty fifth day, but at a cost. This could put unwanted financial pressure on families that are already struggling. Older students who are able to hold part-time jobs may be able to use their extra day to gain valuable work experience.


Blinn And The Rest Of The State’s Public Community Colleges Get The Rules Of How A New State Funding Formula Will Be Administered

Image from Blinn College's Twitter account.Image from Blinn College’s Twitter account.

The Texas legislature’s new formula for distributing money to the state’s 50 community colleges has been finalized.

The higher education coordinating board recently approved the rules for administrating House Bill eight.

Funding will be based on awarding degrees, certificates, and for what the coordinating board calls “other credentials of value”.

After HB eight was signed in June, Blinn executive vice chancellor Leighton Schubert said it was a struggle determining the budget because the coordinating board did not determine the funding formula until September first.

Schubert said they had to use the state’s old funding formula when drafting their fiscal year 2024 budget.

Blinn College administrators tell WTAW News they will release how the new funding formula will impact their campuses after presenting that information to the board of trustees.

Community colleges will get half of the $684 million dollars in state money on October 15th, a fourth next February, and the remaining 25 percent next June.

Click below for comments from Leighton Schubert’s visit with WTAW’s Bill Oliver on June 13, 2023:

News release from the Texas higher education coordinating board:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved emergency rules at a special-called board meeting that will govern Texas’ new community college funding system, effective Sept. 1.

House Bill 8 (HB 8), passed by the Texas Legislature during its 88th session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June, codified the new, dynamic model that will fund community colleges in Texas. The model moves to an outcomes-based approach and rewards colleges for awarding degrees, certificates, and other “credentials of value.”

UWE Bristol appoints new Dean of Research and Enterprise in College of Business and Law

Professor Rachel Granger has joined UWE Bristol as the new Dean of Research and Enterprise for the College of Business and Law.

Prof Granger’s research focuses on cities and urban growth and has established her as a leading voice on creative and smart cities, collaborative governance and design leadership. Her work in ‘spatial-relational mapping’ explores how local social networks, underground scenes and local environments can forge a new understanding in innovation studies.

In her previous post as Interim Associate Dean Research and Innovation in Leicester Business School, and Research Director (Creative and Heritage Industries) at De Montfort University, Leicester, she worked to direct multi-sector partnerships with the City’s community of innovators including Leicester’s Cultural Quarter and Leicester Urban Innovation Lab.

Her expertise has been called on across entrepreneurial circles, including MIT REAP’s Innovation Board, which worked to develop an economic recovery strategy for Leicester and then the East Midlands, smart city strategies, and sustainable models for textiles and growing design industries. Prof Granger headed up Leicester’s Civic University Agreement with three universities.

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