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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

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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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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
Funds from the Investing in Innovation program have helped some rural high schools in North Carolina to ramp up their dual-enrollment efforts.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
The ins and outs of the main "innovation pipeline" for promising pre-K-12 programs, which received more than $1.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education since 2009.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
Lawmakers have revamped a state law in hopes it will pass constitutional muster and allow the fledgling charter sector to stay alive.
March 21, 2016 – Education Week
In the wake of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, more school districts are reporting elevated levels of lead in their water.
March 21, 2016 – Education Week
Proposals include a soft-drink tax in Philadelphia to help boost early education and a bipartisan push for expanded pre-K in Minnesota.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
The Perkins Act was last reauthorized in 2006, said Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., and action is overdue.
March 16, 2016 – Education Week
Oversight hearings on Capitol Hill highlight some divisions between lawmakers on the best way to implement the new education law.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
Lawmakers have approved a sales-tax increase designed to lift average teacher pay to $48,500.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
Legislators in Kansas and Washington struggle over how to pump millions of dollars more into K-12 aid to satisfy impatient state supreme courts.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week

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