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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.
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The fate of challenges to state K-12 funding formulas is far from random, often hinging on the specifics and ambiguities of each state's constitution. (May 31, 2016)

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The state's highest court is weighing the "adequacy" of the Kansas school funding system and previously ruled that the system is inequitable.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Thanks to declining state aid and disappearing federal e-rate subsidies for "legacy" technologies, districts are struggling to pay for telephone equipment and services.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Failure to reach a deal could send teachers in the nation’s third-largest district onto the streets for a second mass walkout in four years.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Continuing her policy focus on children and families, Hillary Clinton is pledging more tax relief for families with young kids.
October 11, 2016 – AP
Gov. Paul LePage believes Maine has a glut of school superintendents and he intends to pressure districts into consolidating administrations with the two-year budget he will propose in early 2017.
October 5, 2016 – AP
The Michigan Supreme Court said Wednesday it won't give an opinion on the legality of sending $2.5 million in public money to private schools.
October 5, 2016 – AP
Despite a late, bipartisan push, momentum seems to have stalled in the U.S. Senate on the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
While advocates and experts are pleased GOP nominee Donald Trump has weighed in on those topics, many of them question the specifics or want more detail.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The 2016-17 high court term could prove to be the most consequential in years for K-12, including cases on special education and aid to religion.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The state’s Supreme Court strikes down the funding mechanism for Nevada’s groundbreaking education savings account program, a little more than a year after lawmakers enacted it.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week

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