Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, who oversaw a dramatic expansion of charter schools as New York City's mayor, had only qualified backing for them in Tuesday's primary debate.

At least three states in the last few months have forked over half a million dollars or more for comprehensive studies of their K-12 finance system, a politically fraught process.

The Democratic presidential candidate drew fierce backlash when he praised a decades-old national reading initiative in Cuba. Education Week visited that country's schools in 2003, and found that despite high literacy rates, the system also faced acute challenges.

Lawmakers' concerns come as the Trump administration seeks to boost private school choice programs through a federal tax credit.

Calling access to early-childhood education and child care in the United States an "international embarrassment," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledges to fund free, universal prekindergarten.

A judge has denied a request by Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico's former secretary of education, to have her trial moved from the U.S. territory to the mainland.

Maryland's legislature has proposed a unique way to fund schools and also wants to hold school districts more accountable for how they spend their money as part of a new funding formula.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said "there is a real connection with these three candidates" because of their records on education, labor, and other issues.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is not famous for pressuring states into desired outcomes, but did put at least two states' Title I funding on "high-risk" status last year.

There are several efforts this year to overhaul states' school funding formulas. A report from the Albert Shanker Institute says states are failing to target money at the schools that need it the most.

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