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The latest news about budget and finance, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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

Gates Foundation Announces New $1.7B for K-12

Bill Gates outlined new investments for school networks, curricula, and research and development, and a pivot away from long-time investments that are difficult to sustain or scale up. (October 19, 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.

WEBINAR

The State of K-12 Budgets: Positioning Your Company for the Coming School Year
This webinar will look at the current fiscal climate affecting states and school districts, and explain what education companies should expect from district spending.

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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The New Mexico Supreme Court says annual certification from the federal government is required before state education officials can withhold funds for public school districts based on how much federal aid they receive.
February 14, 2018 – AP
As the White House pledges a big push to rebuild the national infrastructure, education advocates push for money to rebuild and refurbish aging, substandard schools.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
With the Janus Supreme Court case looming, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
A judge upheld Mississippi's charter school law, rejecting a constitutional challenge that sought to cut off state and local money to the schools.
February 13, 2018 – AP
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The federal spending plan to be unveiled later this month is likely to combine three significant research programs.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Puerto Rico's governor announced that he will push to create charter schools and vouchers and give all public school teachers their first raise in a decade.
February 5, 2018 – AP
A growing number of districts are using housing incentives to recruit teachers, but there is not yet proof that it works—or that it's good policy.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
In a bid to recruit and keep teachers, some school districts are getting creative about developing affordable housing options for educators.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week

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