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Richard Gray, representing the Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, argues before the Texas Supreme Court in a lawsuit by more than 600 school districts challenging the state’s school finance formula. The court in May upheld the state’s funding, finding that it met “minimal” constitutional standards.
—Eric Gay/AP-File

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The broadening of the state's education savings account program has some backers already looking to widen it further, even as teachers and some school groups decry the recent expansion.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week analysis of three neighboring Wis. districts shows how private dollars help shape differences in public schools.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
States and districts gird for the federal K-12 law’s new mandate for school-by-school spending data that can prove both complex and elusive.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
A study conducted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education suggests that four-day school weeks may not be as cost effective as previously thought.
April 18, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defended his decision to sign a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program, saying the state can invest more money into public K-12 education while adding reforms like the voucher program.
April 11, 2017 – AP
Lawmakers trying to satisfy judges in a school funding case grapple with how increased funding can be used to boost results for black, Latino, and low-income students.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates and educators are pushing back at claims that the $1.1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program slated for elimination by the Trump administration fails to deliver.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Elimination of $2.3 billion in Title II grants to districts under the Trump administration's proposed budget could hamper ESSA implementation, program supporters say.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Programs to help improve teacher quality and boost after-school programs are on the Trump administration’s budget hit list and have a footprint beyond just traditional public schools.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
The Trump administration seeks deep cuts to Education Department funding, including elimination of programs supporting professional development and after-school and extended-learning.
March 22, 2017 – Education Week

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