Budget and Finance

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker takes a selfie with a student at Brooke Charter School in Mattapan, Mass., after announcing new legislation to lift the current cap on the number of charter schools that can be opened in the state.
—Joanne DeCaro/Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters. (October 20, 2015)

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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.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
The new nonprofit, known as UnboundEd, is offering teachers free common-core-aligned curricular materials and paid professional development.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
Many Republican legislators are serious about defying a recent Kansas Supreme Court order on education funding and ready to test whether the justices would not allow public schools to open for the new academic year, the Senate's majority leader said Tuesday.
May 31, 2016 – AP
Kansas again faces a threat that its public schools won't open for the next school year.
May 28, 2016 – AP
Having begged for state aid and borrowed millions at untenable rates, the district is rapidly approaching fiscal insolvency.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
With district leaders at odds with the teachers' union and state officials over the city's K-12 finances, educators, parents, and students worry about the future.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
The state's governor and legislature are struggling to agree on a spending plan, amid competing proposals on how to distribute K-12 education dollars.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
In this graphic, each dot represents a school district in a given state. Greater distance between dots indicates greater disparities in funding.
May 2, 2016 – Education Week
This state-by-state graphic shows the percentage of students that attend school districts that spend at or above the national average ($11,841 per pupil).
May 2, 2016 – Education Week
The possibility that the budget impasse in Illinois would extend to a second year and shut down school systems has grown stronger in recent weeks.
April 28, 2016 – Education Week

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