Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who spent his career as a teacher, principal and superintendent of a rural Alaska district wants to now cut more than a third of the state's K-12 spending.

EdBuild, an advocacy group that pushes for equitable spending, says the gap amounts to $23 billion in state and local spending between predominantly white and predominantly nonwhite districts. Some state officials critique its methodology.

Marguerite Roza, a Georgetown school finance professor, provides five tips on how districts could prepare for the next recession, which many economists predict is right around the corner.

Kathy Hoffman, a former special education teacher, was voted in last year on a wave of teacher activism. She's working to mend a hostile relationship between the state's education department and its legislature.

The state's board will have to tackle a teacher shortage, uproar over the state's growing charter sector and frustration among many advocates over the way the state assesses its schools.

Buoyed by budget surpluses and prodded by teacher activism and legal challenges, legislators and governors are gearing up to tackle long-outdated K-12 funding formulas.

State Superintendent Steve Canavero resigned just two weeks before the state's legislative session was to begin, with more than 80 education-related proposals, including a new funding formula, is on the agenda.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham named education professors Karen Trujillo as secretary of public education and picked Pedro Noguera as a special education advisor.

Lots of districts will get more state money this year, but superintendents say there are lots of things they have to pay for before they consider teacher raises.

Tennessee has struggled to administer its statewide exam, improve its worse-performing schools and get its new accountability system off the ground.


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