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June 26, 2015

Kansas Court Rules Portions of State's New Funding Law Unconstitutional

After Gov. Sam Brownback approved changing to the state's per-pupil K-12 funding formula to a block-grant funding mechanism, some school districts headed to court to block the law.

June 24, 2015

Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.

June 24, 2015

St. Louis-Area School Systems Band Together to Help Unaccredited Districts

The group of 22 school districts will work to help Normandy Schools Collaborative and Riverview Gardens school districts regain firm academic and financial footing.

June 16, 2015

Missouri Schools and Parents Are Divided on Proposed Fixes to School Transfer Law

Gov. Jay Nixon, who vetoed the legislature's attempt last year to fix the controversial 1993 school transfer law, has until mid-July to act on this year's version.

May 14, 2015

Ratings Agency Downgrades Chicago Schools' Debt

The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.

April 30, 2015

Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder Creates New 'District' to Oversee Detroit Schools

The current Detroit school board and manager will remain, but will have one responsibility: paying off the district's $483 million debt.

March 27, 2015

Philadelphia's School Budget Seeks to Add Programs After Years of Cuts

The $2.89 billion lump sum budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year still relies heavily on state and city funds that are still pending.

March 05, 2015

Emergency Manager for Detroit Schools Rolls Out Restructuring Plan

As of last summer, the school system had outstanding debt and long-term obligations of more than $2.2 billion

March 02, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints New Head of Philly School Commission

The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.

February 05, 2015

Philadelphia Education Group Offers $35 Million to Ease Charter Approvals

A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.

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