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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 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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Teacher shortages have continued in a number of regions, prompting legislative and administrative action.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Angered by cuts to K-12 budgets, low pay, and other grievances, a scrappy group of teachers is attempting to upend Oklahoma's political establishment this election season.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Both presidential candidates talked about early-childhood issues in high-profile speeches recently, giving advocates hope that the conversation around the quality and affordability of child care and pre-K will continue.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
It's in charge of turning around Tennessee's failing schools, but the state's Achievement School District now has its own flunking grade from state comptroller watchdogs.
August 18, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
In a small town the president promised to help 8 years ago, here's what changed, and what didn't.
August 17, 2016 – Education Week
Nevada officials approved another $125,000 for a high-profile outside law firm that's helping state lawyers defend a voucher-style education program in court, bringing the total payout to the legal team up to $545,000.
August 9, 2016 – AP
Small-government Republican conservatives face a political backlash in Kansas because of the state's budget problems and battles over education funding, and the epicenter is in sprawling Kansas City suburbs where residents have cherished public schools for decades.
July 30, 2016 – AP
A sweeping, voucher-style program that would allow parents to claim thousands of dollars per year in state funds designated for their child's public schooling, and use it for private tuition or other qualified education expenses, faced its biggest test yet on Friday with arguments from supporters and opponents before the Nevada Supreme Court.
July 29, 2016 – AP
Our interactive graphic lets you see what Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have said and done on topics from academic standards to the U.S. Department of Education.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder touts the move as a fresh start for the city's beleaguered schools, but doubts remain amid ongoing enrollment loss, dilapidated buildings, and low achievement.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week

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