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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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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
The swift, deep collapse of revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could devastate school district budgets. Here's what veteran school leaders and finance experts say can be done to prepare for a prolonged downturn and limit the damage.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts
The EdWeek Research Center surveyed more than 300 district leaders nationwide about the financial outlook for their systems, vulnerable areas of their operations, and their experiences during the last major economic downturn.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts
Competing priorities and no good choices about where to make deep cuts confront state lawmakers struggling to deal with the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
June 10, 2020 – Education Week
New costs are colliding with dwindling funds—a double whammy of the coronavirus crisis that is making the re-opening of school buildings a huge financial challenge.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week
Use this interactive tool to estimate increased costs next school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
May 18, 2020 – Education Week
A new analysis says the nation's schools will need to spend $41 billion more in the 2020-21 academic year as the fast-moving recession driven by the coronavirus pandemic boosts costs for everything from remote learning to school meals.
May 18, 2020 – Education Week
Search this table to find out how much your school district depends on state aid—an important indicator of how well school systems can withstand the recession.
May 9, 2020 – Education Week
The recession brought on by the pandemic will make inequalities in schools worse.
May 12, 2020 – Education Week
If budget cuts force pink slips, many districts leaders may be able to protect their most effective teachers, especially in schools where turnover is high.
May 5, 2020 – Education Week

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