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Students practice BMX riding in an after-school program in Walla Walla, Wash. After-school programs in Walla Walla and across the country are in limbo because of a disagreement in Congress over federal funding for them.
—Molly Van Wagner for Education Week

After-School Programs Feel Heat From Congress, Critics

A congressional proposal to roll federal after-school funds into a broader block grant has created an opening for critics and a rallying cry for advocates. (April 14, 2015)

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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
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
The "experimental" schools initially housed at universities were envisioned as centers of instructional innovation and teacher training. Many are now private schools.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
The formal push by four school districts to boost state funding for new standardized tests could muddy rollout of California’s common-core assessments.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
The president wants a 7 percent hike in funding for the U.S. Department of Education, but a GOP-controlled Congress has pledged to keep a tight rein on spending.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
The Guilford County, N.C., school district and its vendor, Amplify, have shared the cost of getting a failed 1-to-1 computing initiative back on track this school year.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
With the shift to a majority-poor enrollment in the nation's public schools, policymakers and school officials need to up the ante in addressing the needs of disadvantaged children and the challenges in educating them, researchers and educators say.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week

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