Kansas' supreme court judges will decide in the coming weeks whether the state legislature's new funding formula provides enough money to help more of its public students meet basic academic standards.

California's education department wants to define "ineffective teachers" under the Every Student Succeeds Act as those who are improperly assigned or don't have full credentials.

While districts have more flexibility to set teacher pay, Washington's education department will more heavily scrutinize district spending to assure that it aligns with the state legislature's priorities.

If the new funding formula passes muster with the state's supreme court, Kansas schools will soon get $285 million more in state aid, but with new strings attached.

In Illinois, Maine, and Washington, the new fiscal year dawned with K-12 spending caught in the crossfire between feuding legislators and governors.

Knowing school-by-school spending would be a boon for parent groups, civil rights activists say, but state officials say its tough to figure a dollar amount for thousands of schools.

Mitchell Chester led one of the academically highest-performing states through adoption of common-core standards, ambitious school turnaround efforts, and adoption of a state-designed standardized test.

The new formula hammered out by the legislature in its recently concluded session increases school spending by $285 million in the next two years in order to assure all students to meet basic state standards.

Skandera in recent weeks has faced fierce backlash over the state's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act which kept in place the state's existing accountability plan and teacher evaluations tied to test scores.

The tax hike would in part fund a bill overhauling the state K-12 funding formula, which would help the state answer a Kansas supreme court ruling on school finance.


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