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Union members and state workers protest at the Maine Capitol in Augusta last month. Gov. Paul LePage approved a budget boosting education aid by $162 million, but only after a three-day partial government shutdown.
—Patrick Whittle/AP

K-12 Funding Entangled in States' Budget Drama

The fiscal standoffs that led to brief government shutdowns in a handful of states aren't the last act for policymakers still wrestling with funding issues, including over K-12 aid. (July 14, 2017)

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Eye-popping parachute packages are still relatively uncommon in the world of K-12, but some recent cases show that school boards will pay hefty sums to get rid of superintendents.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
The agreement boosts federal aid for Title I and special education through September, but K-12 cuts could loom for fiscal 2018 to pave the way for defense increases.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Local officials welcome the new money and flexibility the formula has shifted to districts since 2013, but a new study finds it's still a work in progress.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Spurred on by new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act and by revenue shortfalls, state legislators scrap over who should be in charge of education policy and how to better spend K-12 dollars, among other issues.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The broadening of the state's education savings account program has some backers already looking to widen it further, even as teachers and some school groups decry the recent expansion.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week analysis of three neighboring Wis. districts shows how private dollars help shape differences in public schools.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
States and districts gird for the federal K-12 law’s new mandate for school-by-school spending data that can prove both complex and elusive.
April 19, 2017 – Education Week
Lawmakers trying to satisfy judges in a school funding case grapple with how increased funding can be used to boost results for black, Latino, and low-income students.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates and educators are pushing back at claims that the $1.1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program slated for elimination by the Trump administration fails to deliver.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Elimination of $2.3 billion in Title II grants to districts under the Trump administration's proposed budget could hamper ESSA implementation, program supporters say.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week

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