Budget and Finance

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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)

Spotlight on Getting the Most From Your IT Budget

This Spotlight explores how information technology professionals and educators can make the most out of reduced technology funding.

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Graphic: School-District Spending Disparities by State
This analysis of federal data shows spending levels per student in most U.S. school districts for fiscal year 2013.
Map: How Per-Pupil Spending Compares Across U.S. School Districts
This map provides details on how states allocate funding to public schools and grades them, taking into account overall spending and the equity with which that funding is distributed among districts.

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The Financial Crisis
This topic page features the latest news on the financial crisis and its impact on education in the United States and across the globe.

CHAT

Maximizing Innovation on Any Budget
In this chat, guests discuss where to find the funds—and inspiration—to innovate from a nationally known superintendent and the League of Innovative Schools' director.

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School Finance
Running schools—and improving them—cannot take place without the proper resources, and it all starts with money.

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Mayors must work across party lines to build education partnerships and capacity in their communities, write two Arizonian mayors.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week
Voters in Maine, Oregon, and other states are being asked to approve ballot measures that would use tax increases to increase the amount of money school districts receive each year.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
The draft rules appear to give districts and states added flexibility in ensuring federal funds for low-income students don't replace state and local dollars.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
State officials insist the roster of low-performing schools is not a closure list, but an accountability measure required by law, though those reassurances may face skepticism.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
As the Education Department moves closer to issuing draft spending regulations under the new education law, past guidance may offer clues to its thinking on the issue.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Teacher shortages have continued in a number of regions, prompting legislative and administrative action.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Angered by cuts to K-12 budgets, low pay, and other grievances, a scrappy group of teachers is attempting to upend Oklahoma's political establishment this election season.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Both presidential candidates talked about early-childhood issues in high-profile speeches recently, giving advocates hope that the conversation around the quality and affordability of child care and pre-K will continue.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
In a small town the president promised to help 8 years ago, here's what changed, and what didn't.
August 17, 2016 – Education Week

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