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March 25, 2015

Tennessee School Districts Sue the State Over Funding

The seven districts allege that the state is not complying with the basic education formula and that discrepancies have shifted the financial burden to local school districts and schools.

March 05, 2015

Nevada Bond Rollover Allows Districts to Address Overcrowding

The fast-growing Clark County district, which includes Las Vegas, has seven "shovel-ready" projects on tap, with 12 school scheduled to open in 2017 and plans to make additions to 40 other schools.

March 03, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Plans to Sharply Increase Education Spending

The Democrat's proposed budget would restore the estimated $1 billion in education cuts made in the previous administration, and all school districts will receive more money.

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.

January 22, 2015

Philly Teachers' Union Says Ruling Against District a Victory for Collective Bargaining

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teachers'union contract and impose new terms.

January 22, 2015

Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The teachers' union sued the district after it abruptly canceled the collective bargaining agreement last October and mandated that union members pay toward their health care costs.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

December 12, 2014

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Decries School Funding "Injustices" in Philly and Nation

In a column printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, the Education Secretary says the nation should be embarrassed that the quality of children's public education is largely dependent on where they live and their parents' incomes.

November 10, 2014

Pa. Districts, Parents Sue Over 'Irrational and Inequitable' School Funding

The lawsuit filed Monday by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Small and Rural Schools, and state's NAACP, argues that the state has failed to devise a funding mechanism to provide its public school students with a thorough and efficient education.

October 20, 2014

Philadelphia Teachers' Union Wins Temporary Injunction in Contract Dispute

While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.

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