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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.
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.

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No one likes the idea that where you live sets your future. But there's division over just how education can help break that link.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
The strike in the nation's second-largest district is the first major teacher labor action planned for 2019, following a remarkable year of statewide protests and walkouts.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
Gov. Tony Evers campaigned on the promise to increase funding for public schools by $1.4 billion, and now a bipartisan legislative task force that heard from parents, teachers and others across the state last year is also calling for significant increases in state spending and local property taxes.
January 9, 2019 – AP
Schools from Sacramento to San Diego are reporting shaky finances, driving education advocates to put forward proposals that would ask Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to set aside more money.
January 7, 2019 – Education Week
Pennsylvania’s pension overhaul law goes into effect today for most new state government employees and on July 1 for all new school employees.
January 2, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Education research could benefit from partnerships, according to a recent meta-analysis, write Alan Ginsburg, Marshall S. Smith, and Phyllis W. Jordan.
December 18, 2018 – Education Week
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to the state's struggling public pension system eight months after it prompted thousands of teachers to protest, closing schools across the state.
December 13, 2018 – AP
Federal education funding is on the rise—but there are disparities in which states are reaping the most benefits.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week
State Assembly member Tony Thurmond ultimately prevailed over former charter school executive Marshall Tuck in a contest that drew more than $50 million in outside campaign spending.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
Funding shouldn't have the last word on how you run your school, write Oklahoma K-12 leaders Nathan Gray and Jon Myers.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week

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