Kansas' highest court deemed the state's block-grant funding formula, adopted in the wake of an earlier court ruling, inequitable and in violation of the state's constitution.

After Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said he would drop the controversial, and expensive, lawsuit, the state's attorney general said it's not the governor's to drop.

The state has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the lawsuit, which argued the federal government illegally pressured state leaders into adopting the Common Core State Standards.

Mike Hanley, the state schools chief since 2011, has come under fire for his department's rollout of the state exam.

Suffering from a statewide teacher shortage, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed in his State of the State address to tie school funding to teacher salaries.

Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.

Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing that the state raise cigarette and online sales taxes to provide teachers with a $3,000 pay raise next year, and that it consolidate school districts.

Thirty-two states have increased funding while only nine states decreased funding for preschool.

A state Senate proposal calls for a new funding formula by the end of 2018, while the governor and lawmakers in the House want a 2017 deadline.

Despite the economic recovery, districts spent 1.8 percent less per student in 2013 than they did the prior year.


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