The plaintiffs' lawyers in an ongoing lawsuit are satisfied with a bill passed by legislators late Friday that would add $38 million to the K-12 funding formula.

Some districts, such as Newark, would lose as much as $14 million, or 69 percent of their state funding, according to an analysis released by the governor's office.

Failure to fix what the state supreme court has ruled is an inequitable K-12 funding formula by June 30 would result in the court shutting off all state aid.

Michael Johnson, previously a district superintendent, takes over a department coping with fallout from a troubled rollout of standardized testing and big layoffs due to budget cuts.

It joins other districts, including Chattanooga and Memphis, in arguing that Tennessee's funding formula leaves local taxpayers paying too much of the state's increasing education costs.

State's legislators are preparing for a June 23 special session where they will attempt to address a court order to make the K-12 funding formula more equitable.

Alaska Republican Gov. Bill Walker has not yet signed a bill that would suspend standardized testing until 2020.

While the state says they changed 21 percent of the standards, a closer examination shows the task force, among other things, altered words, moved some standards around and changed the labels of a handful of math courses.

In an amicus brief filed with the state's supreme court, Randy Dorn, Washington's superintendent of public instruction, said the court should consider witholding money from the state's school system to force the legislature to fix its funding formula.

Asked about the recently released ESSA regulations, State Education Chiefs pointed out areas of concern and places where they see opportunity.

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