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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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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
A New Mexico judge on Monday rejected a motion by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to dismiss a landmark education lawsuit that was filed against the state and cleared the way for groups behind the complaint to further scrutinize the state's efforts.
June 30, 2020 – AP
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.
June 30, 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
A revised version of Georgia's state budget for the upcoming year would cut $2.6 billion in state money after Gov. Brian Kemp told lawmakers to reduce spending by 11 percent.
June 17, 2020 – AP
Don't wait for state legislatures to revise their budget forecasts, start preparing now for for funding cuts, district CFOs and school funding experts advise.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
Declining financial support and dwindling enrollment has already forced dozens of Roman Catholic schools to shut down permanently this spring, many of them in low-income communities.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
On top of racism and COVID-19, low-income Black and Brown students are facing a third pandemic: school closures, write four scholars who study school closures.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
The latest Quality Counts 2020 installment offers guidance for school leaders who need a clear picture of where they stand on school finance and what they can do to stay afloat during the economic downturn driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts
Wyoming once again takes the top spot in Quality Counts' annual ranking of the states on school finance, while 22 states receive grades between C-minus and D-minus.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

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