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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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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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Free and reduced-price meal data is a key proxy for school poverty. But administrators say a drop in applications paints a false picture and could threaten funding.
October 28, 2020 – Education Week
A commission on Monday released the 47,000-student Detroit Public Schools from more than a decade of state financial oversight, restoring full control of the district's finances to the city's elected school board.
October 26, 2020 – AP
Advocates argue the need is greater than ever and that failure to press school funding lawsuits in this moment would be a missed opportunity.
October 28, 2020 – Education Week
More layoffs and damaging cuts loom as districts move deeper into the school year with their budgets depleting and Congress stalemated over emergency relief.
October 7, 2020 – Education Week
The failure to reach a deal on emergency coronavirus pandemic aid with the school year already underway leaves the education community frustrated and worried as challenges multiply.
September 23, 2020 – Education Week
School districts must make amends for their racist history, writes Daarel Burnette II. What should that look like?
September 23, 2020 – Education Week
Enrollment snags, head-count problems, and more home schooling could end up costing districts millions in funding based on the annual tally of how many students actually show up.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
Layoffs that are based on seniority can disproportionately affect Black and brown teachers.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
Facing big transportation costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some school districts will pay parents or caregivers to get their kids to school, or charge them for the bus ride.
September 16, 2020 – Education Week
There's nothing wrong with Black districts, teachers, students, and parents that ending racism can’t solve, writes Andre Perry.
September 2, 2020 – Education Week

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