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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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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
The House of Representatives would let states' Title I aid follow disadvantaged students to the public schools of their choice, but the portability rule doesn't go far enough for some.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Amid an ongoing debate over the use of student data, K-12 systems have quietly begun linking children's educational records with information from other government agencies.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
Contrary to popular narratives, today's youths are eager to serve their country and communities, insists Tufts Dean Alan D. Solomont.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
The House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act offer different takes on how to distribute federal aid for poor students.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week

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