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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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Legal challenges and shifting politics have halted Nevada's groundbreaking education savings accounts program. Will pushback there spill over to other states?
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
The president signed an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs and allowing the use of federal aid to finance them.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Two of the biggest names in technology and education philanthropy are jointly funding a $12 million initiative to support customized instruction.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
It looks like the long-running and contentious legal fights over school financing in Kansas and in Washington state are coming to a head.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week
Parents, school districts, and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for all students. The trial could upend the way schools in the state are funded.
June 12, 2017 – AP
Legal challenges and shifting politics have halted Nevada's groundbreaking education savings accounts program. Will pushback there spill over to other states?
June 9, 2017 – Education Week
Kansas legislators repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Gov. Sam Brownback national attention, with even fellow Republicans voting to override his veto of plan reversing many of the income tax reductions he's championed in recent years as a way to fix the cash-strapped state's budget.
June 7, 2017 – AP
The latest report from the National Institute for Early Education Research says states' preschool spending has returned to pre-Recession levels amid a slight enrollment increase.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week

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