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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

Education Department Gets Small Funding Hike

Not adjusting for inflation, the $71.5 billion budget is the largest-ever appropriation from Congress for the Education Department. (October 9, 2018)

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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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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
The moves underway by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are part of a broader effort by the Trump administration and aim to "do more with less," an official said.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
This map of Rhode Island shows per-pupil spending by school and just how much spending varies among the schools within individual districts.
February 27, 2018 – Education Week
As the White House pledges a big push to rebuild the national infrastructure, education advocates push for money to rebuild and refurbish aging, substandard schools.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
With the Janus case looming before the Supreme Court, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The federal spending plan to be unveiled later this month is likely to combine three significant research programs.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week

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