School Funding

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Budget & Finance Opinion 6 Ways to Solve the Teacher Shortage With Federal Stimulus Money
ESSER funds can help districts do something extra for teachers, writes a school finance expert.
Erin Covington, September 28, 2022
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Eric Parker teaches a class NW Classen High that has immigrant students and he has a flag representing each, which is a way to make them feel welcome, Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
Eric Parker, a teacher at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, displays flags representing the countries some of his students come from in this September 2019 photo. It's a way to make immigrant students feel welcome.
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English-Language Learners Want to Support Immigrant Students? Get Creative With Funding
Immigrant student supports can vary widely, but there's one common thread: Districts must get creative to fund them sustainably.
Ileana Najarro, September 27, 2022
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Budget & Finance District Leaders Want More Time to Spend ESSER Funds as Plans Go Astray
Orders aren't arriving on time. Hiring is hard. Chief financial officers want the feds to relieve the pressure.
Mark Lieberman, September 16, 2022
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Budget & Finance What It Takes to Stay on Top of Improving School Facilities
Be proactive, especially with winning community support, district leaders advise.
Mark Lieberman, September 15, 2022
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Long Lake Superintendent Noelle Short in front of Long Lake Central School in Long Lake, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 2022.
Noelle Short is the superintendent of a single-school district in upstate New York with fewer than 100 students.
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Education Funding In Their Own Words This Superintendent's Tiny, Rural District Got No COVID Aid. Here's Why That Hurts
The aid formula left Long Lake, N.Y., out of the mix. The superintendent worries that could happen for other kinds of aid in the future.
Mark Lieberman, September 6, 2022
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Education Funding District Leaders Plea to Feds: We Need More Time to Spend COVID Aid
Without more flexibility on the 2024 spending deadline, critical programs will be axed, they warn.
Libby Stanford, September 1, 2022
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School & District Management Medicaid Changes Could Provide a Big Boost to School Mental Health Services
A new law could make it easier for schools to bill Medicaid for services like counseling and health screenings.
Evie Blad, August 12, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Schools Have Put Their Money on Security Officers. Is That Smart?
After school shootings, people want policymakers to "do something." But is hiring more law enforcement the right thing?
David S. Knight, August 11, 2022
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Budget & Finance From Our Research Center Despite Accusations of Hoarding, Districts Say They're Steadily Spending ESSER Funds
More than half of district leaders say they've spent more than three-quarters of their federal relief.
Mark Lieberman, August 2, 2022
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Education Funding Opinion Book Bans? My School Doesn’t Even Have a Library
Underfunding schools is its own censorship, writes one Philadelphia public school teacher. After all, they can’t ban books we don’t have.
Lydia Kulina-Washburn, July 26, 2022
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Budget & Finance Inflation Is Putting the Squeeze on Schools. How Are They Coping?
As schools get ready to welcome students back, they're paying more for food, fuel, construction materials, insurance, even paper.
Mark Lieberman, July 22, 2022
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A student juggles a soccer ball on a playground amid the COVID-19 pandemic at Washington Elementary School Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. California is making it easier for school districts to hire teachers and other employees amid staffing shortages brought on by the latest surge in coronavirus cases.
A student juggles a soccer ball on a playground at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif. Schools and outside organizations are struggling to find workers to oversee after-school programs, which provide crucial opportunities for social-emotional support and homework help for students.
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Recruitment & Retention From Our Research Center After-School Programs Face Perfect Storm of Staffing and Funding Problems, Survey Finds
Staffing shortages come at a critical time, as schools are looking for more assistance helping students recover academically.
Lauraine Langreo, July 14, 2022
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Budget & Finance Interest Rates Are Going Up to Fight Inflation. Schools May Feel the Pain Either Way
Rising costs, expected higher wages, and diminished voter support for school levies have district leaders worried.
Mark Lieberman, July 5, 2022
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Equity & Diversity State Policies Set Up Incarcerated Students to Fail, Report Finds
When students are in juvenile justice centers, they often lose access to high-quality education.
Eesha Pendharkar, June 22, 2022
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