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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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The federal CARES Act will not be enough to spare school districts from painful budget cuts. How much would it take?
April 20, 2020 – Education Week
The $13.5 billion in federal K-12 funding can’t just go toward stabilizing schools. It needs to go toward mobilizing them, writes Harvard researcher Thomas J. Kane.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
No school district will escape the financial fallout brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are key questions and answers about what to expect in the turbulent months and years ahead.
April 13, 2020 – Education Week
Depending on how much states cut their own funding in the face of a downturn, the billions approved by Congress so far may not be enough to avoid reductions in per-pupil spending.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus crisis has made staffing and hiring decisions more uncertain, but planning needs to start now, writes Terry B. Grier.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
The massive aid package aimed at helping the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic includes both funding and regulatory flexibility focused specifically on schools and students.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.
March 26, 2020 – Education Week
Answers to how the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers, administrators, staff, and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.
March 20, 2020 – Education Week
The fiscal impact from the pandemic could threaten everything from teacher raises and new programs to long-term efforts to overhaul school aid formulas, funding analysts warn.
March 19, 2020 – Education Week

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