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September 23, 2014

Pa. Legislature Passes Cigarette Tax to Fund Philadelphia's Schools

The $2-a-pack cigarette tax will generate about $49 million in revenues to the cash-strapped schools in the first year, but it does not solve the district's long-term financial problems.

September 12, 2014

L. A. Superintendent Wants Board Members' Tech-Company Contacts

John Deasy, under scrutiny for his own communications with technology companies, has filed a public records request seeking information about school board members' correspondence with vendors.

August 27, 2014

Ten Percent Pay Cut Off the Table for Detroit Teachers

The district's emergency manager reversed course after the measure was criticized by both teachers and the state education superintendent. The pay cut was part of the most recent deficit-reduction plan the district submitted to the state.

August 01, 2014

Colorado's New Marijuana Tax Helping Some Districts Pay for Capital Projects

Revenue from a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales flows into special grant funds to help districts pay for construction projects and to hire more health professionals.

July 30, 2014

Why Do the Lawsuits Against Obamacare Matter to School Districts?

K-12 school districts could be impacted by two recent court decisions that issued contradictory rulings on core pieces of the Affordable Care Act.

July 09, 2014

Where Are the Nation's 'Most Productive' School Districts?

Reports from a progressive think tank suggest changes in state policy could help districts get more bang for their buck.

June 26, 2014

Student Transfer Issue Continues To Roil Missouri Districts

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers on a promise to veto a bill that would have created a voucher program for students who attend unaccredited districts.

June 17, 2014

Philadelphia School Officials Continue to Seek Funds as Budget Deadline Looms

Chairman of the School Reform Commission William Green says he says a "prayer" every morning because he does not see how the funding crisis—now an annual rite of spring—could be fixed without the intervention of a higher power.

May 23, 2014

Maryland Districts Dominate Top Per-Pupil Spenders, Census Data Show

Nationally, per-pupil spending was static between fiscal years 2011 and 2012, but overall expenditures by districts dropped off some.

March 06, 2014

Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion to Improve Facilities, Survey Finds

A national survey finds that more than half of the nation's public schools need major upgrades to bring their buildings to "good overall condition."

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