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Third grade students work on assignments during class at Garfield Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif. The school is using funds from California's revised education spending plan to expand reading enrichment programs and to purchase new computer equipment.
—Ramin Talaie for Education Week

California's K-12 Funding Overhaul Slowly Takes Root

Districts and schools are still adjusting to the new formula, which gives them more money but pushes communities hard on student performance and how that aid is used. (December 4, 2014)

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Half a century after passage of the nation's main K-12 education law, calibrating the proper federal role in education remains an elusive goal and a subject of heated debate.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
When a school superintendent leaves the position, or is fired, it can complicate a district's relationship with private funders that make heavy investments in a variety of school improvement efforts.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new assessments has some states seeking guidance from federal officials on test-participation mandates.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
The approaches diverge from those taken by most of their public school counterparts, but experts suggest the tactics and strategies could be replicated.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
The spending plan would place increased weight on standardized test scores in teachers' evaluations and make it harder for teachers to earn tenure.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Lawmakers approve a plan that would ditch the state’s current education formula, but its fate is entangled with a long-running legal dispute over the funding.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Amid a national push to expand early education, officials in a number of cities work to combat chronic nonattendance among preschoolers, seen as a warning sign of issues in the later grades.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
A still-nascent effort is under way to shift school district budgeting to a multi-year, collaborative process that has finance and academic officials working in tandem.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
New Republican governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts are looking to push K-12 initiatives and make budget choices affecting schools in states where Democrats control the legislatures.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week

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