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See Where Teachers Got Pay Raises This Year

More than a year after teachers across the country began walking out of their classrooms en masse to demand higher salaries, at least 15 states have given their teachers a raise. (June 18, 2019)

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

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Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie have quietly committed more than $250 million to education-related efforts, but their philanthropic strategy differs from other tech billionaires.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
While last year’s teacher walkouts were focused primarily on stagnant wages and crumbling classrooms, the strike demands now are more far-reaching.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Philanthropies may be moving away from big new investments with a K-12 academic focus and toward areas like social and emotional learning and wraparound services, Grantmakers in Education finds.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Politicians in some states are using the push for higher teacher pay as a way to press other demands, such as expanding charter schools and vouchers, and tying teacher pay to test scores.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Beyond the basics of being independently operated public schools, charters can range widely from management to oversight to the money that keeps them running.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
The $250 million pot of federal money helps pay for strategic planning in early-childhood education systems, but the program's undergone some revisions.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Public school advocates have a long wish list even as state policymakers weigh whether to fatten "rainy day" funds instead of pumping surplus cash into schools.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Buoyed by budget surpluses and prodded by teacher activism and legal challenges, legislators and governors are gearing up to tackle long-outdated K-12 funding formulas.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Though it promises a 5 percent raise, the legislation includes numerous provisions viewed as anti-union and has sparked the prospect of yet another teacher strike in that state.
February 5, 2019 – Education Week
After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, governors in California, Colorado, and elsewhere are reflecting those priorities in their budget pitches.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week

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