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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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Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor.
March 25, 2019 – AP
The school improvement industry is an unruly collection of outsiders. New research offers insight for greater cohesion, writes Thomas Hatch.
March 21, 2019 – Education Week
For the third straight year, President Donald Trump has proposed significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Education's budget.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
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.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
We need to begin by overhauling how we think about all teachers’ worth, writes Ariel Sacks.
March 12, 2019 – Teacher
A plan to end a years-long court battle over school funding in Kansas is under threat after an influential group of school districts withdrew its support.
March 7, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Legislative leaders are preparing a proposal to set aside $800 million a year for school districts that demonstrate strong outcomes. Skeptics call it unfair and say it wouldn’t work.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie have quietly committed more than $250 million to education-related efforts, but their philanthropic strategy differs from other tech billionaires.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
While last year’s teacher walkouts were focused primarily on stagnant wages and crumbling classrooms, the strike demands now are more far-reaching.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Maryland's congressional delegation has voiced strong support for a sweeping plan to reform the state's educational system.
February 27, 2019 – AP

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