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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

School Finance Suits: More Than Just a Legal Roll of Dice?

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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Fed up with years of political battles over state funding, cash-strapped Davenport plans to pull $2.7 million from its reserves despite state prohibitions.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
Indiana has become the latest state to seek to curb persistent teacher shortages by offering college-tuition dollars to students who go into teaching.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
The Education Department and some in Congress appear on a collision course over how the Every Student Succeeds Act handles federal spending on students from low-income backgrounds.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Use this interactive map to see how much your district spends on students and how per-pupil spending compares across the nation.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Education and civil rights groups hailed the move as a critical step toward closing the "homework gap" that exists between students with and without adequate Internet access.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Testing and funding prove thorny issues as a panel of educators, advocates, and experts grapples with the specifics of crafting rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
A new nonprofit organization has set out to help school districts compare the prices they pay for education technology and examine the fairness and logic of their procurement practices and contracts with vendors.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
As buildings age and enrollment grows, America is underfunding public school facilities to the tune of $46 billion annually, a new report estimates.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
In some states, budget-driven cutbacks may pose challenges as state education agencies gear up for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

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