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Education K-12 Spending Climbed From 2015 to 2016, NCES Reports
The National Center for Education Statistics found that school district spending increased by more than 2 percent between 2015 and 2016, the result of a surging economy, and overall K-12 spending increased by 3.2 percent.
Daarel Burnette II, May 9, 2019
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Education Does Moving to a Brand New School Building Improve Student Learning?
Researchers from the California Policy Lab tracked data from millions of Los Angeles students over the period of a more-than $10 billion, multiyear school construction push.
Daarel Burnette II, April 17, 2019
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Education States Are Spending Way Too Little on Schools, Report Concludes
The Albert Shanker Institute says most states spend far less than needed for high-poverty school districts to achieve even average national test scores.
Daarel Burnette II, April 3, 2019
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Education Survey Finds More State-District Collaboration on School Turnarounds Under ESSA
The Council of Chief State School Officers reports many states working more with districts to craft their approaches to helping improve the nation's worst schools.
Daarel Burnette II, March 27, 2019
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Education School Funding Fights Ramp Up as State Legislative Sessions Near Finish
School funding fights in Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts and Texas have reached fever pitch as legislative sessions enter their final weeks.
Daarel Burnette II, March 26, 2019
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Education Texas House Legislators Abandon Statewide Merit Pay Effort for Teachers
District superintendents called the proposal a violation of local control, while teachers said it would create incentives to teach to the test. The state is attempting to rewrite its school funding formula.
Daarel Burnette II, March 20, 2019
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Education Rhode Island Governor Picks New York Latina, ELL Expert to Serve as Next Commissioner
Angélica Infante-Green will take over as lawmakers debate how to improve schools after test scores show Rhode Island students doing significantly worse than students in neighboring Massachusetts.
Daarel Burnette II, March 19, 2019
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Education Texas Law Now Lets Some Districts Grade Themselves
A law passed in 2017 is now in effect,letting some state-selected districts come up with their own ratings, which the state will then use to measure districts against each other.
Daarel Burnette II, March 7, 2019
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Education In These States, You Can Now See How Much Districts Spent on Each School
A new requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act could reveal disparities in how districts divvy up their money between schools.
Daarel Burnette II, March 5, 2019
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Education Teacher Activists' Public Enemy Number One: Taxpayers
Widespread anti-tax sentiment has resulted in local and state lawmakers making a series of tax cuts that have resulted in K-12 budget cuts.
Daarel Burnette II, March 1, 2019
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Education Alaska Governor, a Career Educator, Proposes a Slash and Burn K-12 Budget
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who spent his career as a teacher, principal and superintendent of a rural Alaska district wants to now cut more than a third of the state's K-12 spending.
Daarel Burnette II, March 1, 2019
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Budget & Finance U.S. Spends $23B More on White Districts Than Nonwhite Districts, Report Says
EdBuild, an advocacy group that pushes for equitable spending, says the gap amounts to $23 billion in state and local spending between predominantly white and predominantly nonwhite districts. Some state officials critique its methodology.
Daarel Burnette II, February 27, 2019
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Education Is Your School District Ready for the Next Recession?
Marguerite Roza, a Georgetown school finance professor, provides five tips on how districts could prepare for the next recession, which many economists predict is right around the corner.
Daarel Burnette II, February 26, 2019
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Education New Arizona Chief, a Former Teacher, Seeks to Mend Relationships, Pivot Agenda
Kathy Hoffman, a former special education teacher, was voted in last year on a wave of teacher activism. She's working to mend a hostile relationship between the state's education department and its legislature.
Daarel Burnette II, February 25, 2019
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