Budget and Finance

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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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State and federal tax money should start flowing as early as Tuesday to the cash-strapped school districts, counties, and human services organizations that suffered the brunt of the protracted budget fight between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature.
January 5, 2016 – McClatchy-Tribune
The promise of free tuition lured 16,000 students to Tennessee colleges this year; now state officials are working to keep them there.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
A consolidation plan for Fayette County schools pushed by the state schools chief that aims to shutter dilapidated facilities and open a new one has proved divisive.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
Only a little more than half of schools that got a third round of School Improvement Grants improved, finds a report issued Nov. 10.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Millions of dollars in public and private financing were unveiled at a daylong summit in Washington on "next-generation high schools."
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Pennsylvania school systems are feeling the crunch from months of fiscal impasse, even as state lawmakers and the governor redouble their push to finalize a resolution.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
The National Academy of Education, marking 50 years of advancing research in the field, is now expanding its strategy for ensuring that relevant findings reach educators and policymakers.
November 17, 2015 – Education Week
PARCC and Smarter Balanced have formative assessments that enable teachers to see if students 'get it' long before the tests.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Discord in Jefferson County over performance pay for teachers and other controversial measures leads to voters' support of recall of three conservative board members.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

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