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A School District in Fiscal Free-Fall Scrambles to Avoid Crash Landing
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A School District in Fiscal Free-Fall Scrambles to Avoid Crash Landing

Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving. (January 31, 2020)


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Managing the Money
This Education Week special report puts the focus on what those on the hot seat—superintendents, principals, and other local leaders—actually do with the funding they get and what stands in the way of their making better use of it.

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Spending millions to guard against COVID-19 spread, district leaders also must convince parents school buildings are safe.
August 12, 2020 – Education Week
Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health
August 10, 2020 – AP
Bloated police budgets have absorbed dollars better spent on education. Good schools help prevent crime, argues Stephon J. Boatwright.
July 30, 2020 – Education Week
More than 400 researchers have found agreement on how policymakers and educators should respond during the pandemic.
July 28, 2020 – Education Week
New research redoubles attention to the property tax burden on Black communities as recession-slammed districts look to make up for slumping income and sales taxes.
July 23, 2020 – Education Week
A South Carolina state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a plan announced by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week to direct $32 million in pandemic relief funds for tuition grants at private schools across the state.
July 22, 2020 – AP
The job losses reported so far in dozens of school districts tracked by Education Week reflect the pandemic’s deep economic strain as schools face mounting challenges for the 2020-21 academic year.
July 14, 2020 – Education Week
Leaders will be weighing what to cut. Research suggests schools in poor neighborhoods, and effective teachers should get protection, writes a team of school finance experts.
July 1, 2020 – Education Week
The best guide to the future is the recent past, writes Pepperdine University professor Kfir Mordechay. Here are the most urgent lessons from the Great Recession.
July 15, 2020 – Education Week
When his staff’s tally for buying personal protective equipment reached $600,000, one superintendent said: “stop because we’re already bankrupt.”
June 26, 2020 – Education Week

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