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March 30, 2018

Newark Mayor Wants a Pause on Charter School Expansion in the City

Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.

February 12, 2018

Almost Three-Quarters of Superintendents Say Schools Inadequately Funded: Survey

The new survey by a national superintendents' group also shows that 62 percent of superintendents say they will not be able to make up funding cuts.

July 21, 2017

In Chicago, Enrollment Decline and Funding Uncertainties Lead to Smaller School Budgets

The district expects its schools' budgets for the next school year to be smaller than the current year, in part because of projected decline in student enrollment and loss of federal funds.

April 28, 2017

Illinois Judge Dismisses Chicago Funding-Discrimination Lawsuit Against the State

The Chicago school district sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state board of education alleging that state school funding discriminated against Chicago's largely poor, Hispanic, and black students.

February 27, 2017

Chicago District Threatens Shorter Year; Summer School Cancellation

City education leaders say they may be forced to cut the school year short by nearly two weeks and take other drastic steps unless a judge acts to force the state to make up for millions of dollars in lost aid to Chicago's schools.

November 14, 2016

Entire School Board in Small Virginia Town Resigns

The seven-member school board in Franklin City, Va., resigned after the City Council asked the members to do so over questions of financial management.

October 27, 2016

Chicago District Plans to Borrow $1 Billion

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Board of Education approved borrowing nearly $1 billion for construction costs and to refinance high-interest debt.

August 25, 2016

Chicago Passes $5.4 Billion Budget, But Still Needs State Assistance

The Chicago school district is relying on property tax hikes and $215 million in pledged financial assistance from the state.

August 19, 2016

Judge Rules Against Detroit Schools in Teacher Sickout Case

The Detroit schools' lawyers said the protests were really teacher strikes, which are technically illegal under state law, and sought an injunction to immediately halt them.

July 25, 2016

Michigan to Pay Detroit's Legal Fees in Teacher Sickout Lawsuit

Covering the cost of legal bills is just the latest helping hand the state has provided to the cash-strapped school system.

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