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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.
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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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November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Cost and rural settings are among the barriers as districts strive to bring fast broadband access to schools, according to a report from the Consortium for School Networking.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
A Republican's win in the Kentucky governor's race could shake up the political climate for common core in that state, and a Mississippi funding measure goes down to defeat.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
A package of legislation aims to pump $3.5 billion into education in the next 10 years to settle a funding lawsuit, but the deal still needs voter approval in a special election.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Stretching limited dollars to expand educational opportunities will require some creative thinking and better sharing of lessons learned, school business officers suggested at a recent conference.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
The federal government is demanding more answers from school officials about how they plan to resolve allegations of discriminatory admissions practices at their better schools.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law’s "maintenance of effort" requirement.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
A federal investigation of alleged corruption in Michigan's state-run school district may complicate Gov. Rick Snyder's turnaround plans for the city's school system.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
The House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act take very different tacks on the future of certain federal education programs.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week

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