Budget and Finance

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Union members and state workers protest at the Maine Capitol in Augusta last month. Gov. Paul LePage approved a budget boosting education aid by $162 million, but only after a three-day partial government shutdown.
—Patrick Whittle/AP

K-12 Funding Entangled in States' Budget Drama

The fiscal standoffs that led to brief government shutdowns in a handful of states aren't the last act for policymakers still wrestling with funding issues, including over K-12 aid. (July 14, 2017)

Spotlight on Getting the Most From Your IT Budget

This Spotlight explores how information technology professionals and educators can make the most out of reduced technology funding.

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Graphic: School-District Spending Disparities by State
This analysis of federal data shows spending levels per student in most U.S. school districts for fiscal year 2013.
Map: How Per-Pupil Spending Compares Across U.S. School Districts
This map provides details on how states allocate funding to public schools and grades them, taking into account overall spending and the equity with which that funding is distributed among districts.

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The Financial Crisis
This topic page features the latest news on the financial crisis and its impact on education in the United States and across the globe.

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Maximizing Innovation on Any Budget
In this chat, guests discuss where to find the funds—and inspiration—to innovate from a nationally known superintendent and the League of Innovative Schools' director.

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School Finance
Running schools—and improving them—cannot take place without the proper resources, and it all starts with money.

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The ruling striking down the state's school aid formula reignites years of fighting over how to assure an 'adequate' and 'equitable' public education.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
The recent unexpected deal between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump on the federal debt ceiling raises the tantalizing question of what education policy areas might offer common ground.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Congress let the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and a home-visiting program expire at the end of the fiscal year and faces bipartisan pressure to fund them.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
In states including Connecticut and Wisconsin, fiscal bickering among state officials continues, putting local districts on edge.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
The savings some Missouri school districts hoped for when switching to a four-day week in recent years haven't materialized but district leaders say other benefits such as improved teacher morale and better student discipline have made the switch worthwhile.
September 23, 2017 – AP
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her personal plane to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events as other Cabinet secretaries' flying habits have drawn scrutiny.
September 21, 2017 – AP
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy blasted the Republican’s education budget Wednesday, calling it a “hot mess” and saying it would reduce education funding to needy districts, roll back educational gains by those districts, jeopardize federal funding, and help out wealthy communities at the expense of poor ones.
September 21, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
The threat of federal budget cuts has some states wondering how they'll deliver on plans to beef up principal and teacher professional-development efforts.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
The new program barely received bipartisan approval from lawmakers, while incorporating elements aimed at issues of accountability and transparency.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
State superintendents in recent years have been given increased responsibilities, but in many cases their salaries have not kept pace. That's had implications for recruitment and retention.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week

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