Budget and Finance

The latest news about budget and finance, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Bill Gates detailed new investments by his foundation in K-12 education at the Council of the Great City Schools’ annual conference in Cleveland.
—Clarence Tabb Jr./CGCS

High Costs, Wary Taxpayers Make School Projects a Hard Sell

Against a backdrop of tight local budgets and competing priorities, local officials get creative in seeking community support for the capital financing they need for school facilities. (November 28, 2017)

Spotlight on Getting the Most From Your IT Budget

This Spotlight explores how information technology professionals and educators can make the most out of reduced technology funding.

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Graphic: School-District Spending Disparities by State
This analysis of federal data shows spending levels per student in most U.S. school districts for fiscal year 2013.
Map: How Per-Pupil Spending Compares Across U.S. School Districts
This map provides details on how states allocate funding to public schools and grades them, taking into account overall spending and the equity with which that funding is distributed among districts.

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The State of K-12 Budgets: Positioning Your Company for the Coming School Year
This webinar will look at the current fiscal climate affecting states and school districts, and explain what education companies should expect from district spending.

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School Finance
Running schools—and improving them—cannot take place without the proper resources, and it all starts with money.

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Congress approved a spending bill for fiscal 2018 that boosts the Education Department’s budget to the largest number in its history, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal for a cutback.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
ESSA’s new requirement that districts report school-by-school spending numbers could prove a boon to the public and parents, and a headache for school administrators.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers have flocked to social media to organize rallies and work refusals around low pay, with the unions, for the most part, playing a supporting role.
March 29, 2018 – Education Week
A network of districts finds that in order for their schools to 'continuously improve,' a more integrated approach to budgeting is in order.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Shutting down schools is a last resort, teachers say, but they've exhausted other options for getting the legislature to listen.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
In states including Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, teachers turn up the heat in their quest for pay raises, even threatening electoral consequences if lawmakers fail to come through.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 proposal would eliminate a few big-ticket K-12 programs and streamline others, while increasing money for public and private school choice.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
Betsy DeVos has signaled her interest in offering Education Savings Accounts to military families. A superintendent whose district serves military-connected kids thinks that’s shortsighted.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
School-by-school funding data have to be made available to the public under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but doing so can be a daunting task given districts' sometimes-antiquated finance systems.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
The state has long collected the funding numbers now required under ESSA, but is still working on how to make that data accessible and transparent to the public.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week

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