December 2018 Archives

The legislative session hasn't even started and yet efforts to replace funding formulas are already starting to unravel as states realize they don't have the political capital to raise taxes.

The state's incoming governor and education commissioner both are former teachers. They face battles over school accountability, funding and the achievement gap between white and minority students.

The state's department of education has several major tasks ahead of it in the coming years, including rolling out a new federal accountability system and fixing a statewide teacher shortage.

Teachers and public school advocates have complained about dramatic budget cuts in recent years, but a recent report says spending is trending upward.

The state's board of education had renewed Commissioner Pam Stewart's contract for a year before the midterm election but after the election of a new Republican governor, she said she'd leave in January instead.


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