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Bill Gates detailed new investments by his foundation in K-12 education at the Council of the Great City Schools’ annual conference in Cleveland.
—Clarence Tabb Jr./CGCS

Education Department Gets Small Funding Hike

Not adjusting for inflation, the $71.5 billion budget is the largest-ever appropriation from Congress for the Education Department. (October 9, 2018)

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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.
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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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Nevada lawmakers at a joint budget meeting Thursday made deep cuts to school safety initiatives after Democrats proposed to reroute marijuana sales tax funds to pay for education.
May 17, 2019 – AP
Tens of thousands of teachers plan to walk out across Oregon to protest school funding, the latest battleground in educator activism that has taken hold nationwide.
May 8, 2019 – AP
The House subcommittee that handles the U.S. Department of Education's budget unveiled its spending proposal last week. This was a chance for newly empowered House Democrats to show just how far apart they are from Trump on issues like Title I, Title IV, and other programs Trump wants to eliminate.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
Advocates have high hopes that the new law’s school-level data will fuel debate over spending, but the numbers are still trickling out.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
Tens of thousands of teachers are expected to walk out across Oregon this week, adding to the string of nationwide protests over class sizes and education funding.
May 7, 2019 – AP
An Alaska nonprofit education group is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state education commissioner for not paying the $20 million to public K-12 schools that lawmakers agreed to last year.
May 2, 2019 – AP
Amid the teacher strikes and activism that roiled the nation last fall, school districts in California, Colorado, and Washington signed labor contracts they now say they cannot afford.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
The prospects were bright earlier this year for dozens of states to overhaul antiquated formulas and take other big steps on K-12 funding. It’s proven a tricky task.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
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April 10, 2019 – Education Week

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