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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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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
Letter to the Editor
Resources Required for ELLs
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
It's one thing to learn if an intervention works in schools and classrooms; it's another to know if it's worth the expense.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Gov. Laura Kelly has signed legislation to increase public school funding a day after Kansas lawmakers approved the plan.
April 6, 2019 – AP
Salaries for New York teachers increased more than $19,000 on average from 2002 to 2016, a new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government found.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
As the Parkland, Fla., community grieves two recent suicides, a new report finds that very few school districts made suicide prevention programs a central focus in their plans to spend $69 million in state funds for mental health.
March 28, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Kansas lawmakers have blown several informal deadlines for boosting funding for public schools to satisfy a court mandate because Republicans who control the Legislature are at odds over how to allocate the new dollars and what policy strings should be attached.
March 27, 2019 – AP
Eight universities embroiled in a massive college admission cheating scheme are now being investigated by the U.S. Education Department.
March 26, 2019 – AP
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

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