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States Gird for Spending Reviews of Worst-Performing Districts

A new mandate under the Every Student Succeeds Act requires a top-to-bottom look at how such districts deploy their money, staff, and the time used to support improvement. (September 24, 2019)

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The political landscape for updating school finance systems won’t be any easier in the 2020 legislative season, despite a surging economy, state flexibility under ESSA, and single-party control in many states.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
As states and cities boost their minimum wage rates, school districts must make up the difference for millions of low-wage workers, from clerical and maintenance staff to aides in the classroom.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Worthy School Finance Survey
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
What's required? Who's reporting school-level data so far? And what's the practical impact for district leaders, principals, teachers, local policymakers, and the public? EdWeek explains.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
A national debate over whether public funds may go to faith-based schools is high on the list of cases before the Supreme Court in the coming term, stemming from a dispute in Montana.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
There’s a tussle over the right balance for who should pick up the tab for teacher retirements and how that affects wealthier and less-wealthy districts.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
Public school spending accounts for more than $700 billion in taxpayer dollars each year. Why so much—and how does that money get managed? Here’s what the numbers show and what district and school leaders think about it all.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Talk to school and district leaders and you’ll hear worries about the next recession, spending restrictions, and a public that knows little about worries that lawmakers and elected officials who know little about their funding needs.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
The majority of school districts still sideline principals in major financial decisionmaking, even as researchers argue they should have more control. But some principals remain ambivalent about significantly greater autonomy.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
A new mandate under the Every Student Succeeds Act requires a top-to-bottom look at how such districts deploy their money, staff, and the time used to support improvement.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week

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