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Hundreds of policymakers gathered at the Education Commission of the State's annual forum in Washington, where discussions included their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The new formula is expected to pass muster with the state's supreme court on the issue of equity, but the justices have yet to rule on whether it's adequate.

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.

By consolidating some of the state's 280 school districts state officials are hoping to save millions of dollars and give students in small towns greater access to academically rigorous programs and more electives like the arts.

The state's 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards have led to a contentious fight over local versus federal control.

The state's supreme court has ruled that if the Kansas legislature doesn't provide more funding to poor districts, the court will block K-12 funds from being distributed.

Several states that are heavily dependent on oil revenue had to face the choice of raising taxes, closing tax loop holes or making major cuts to state agencies in order to fill major budget deficits.

Illinois politicians are debating whether to pour more money into the current education funding formula or replace the entire formula with a new one.

A law aiming to cut in half the number of school districts by 2020 is full of carrots and sticks and has set off some fierce local battles.

House Bill 1643 bans districts from using public money to pay for membership dues and convention fees to Mississippi's Association of School Superintendents, a measure that could gut the organization.


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