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February 03, 2015

Congress Debates Letting States Use Federal Dollars as They Wish

"My own view is that the government ought to enable and encourage, not mandate, innovation," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate education committee.

January 29, 2015

California Districts File Claim for Additional Funds to Cover State Testing

Four districts and one county education office in California say the state must provide more financial aid to local K-12 agencies to help them implement state assessments.

January 22, 2015

New York Gov. Cuomo Ties $1.1 Billion Aid Increase to Sweeping Policy Changes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State speech that, "Our education system needs dramatic reform, and it has for years." What are his plans for K-12 in 2015?

January 21, 2015

Two GOP Governors, Two Plans to Spend Big on Education in Florida and Nevada

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, wants more money for schools, even though voters rejected a ballot measure designed to increase K-12 spending last year.

January 14, 2015

Top California Budget Analyst Praises Governor's K-12 Plan, Amid Fiscal Caution

A leading California budget analyst praises Gov. Jerry Brown's prudence in his K-12 spending and overall budget, while warning against over-exuberance regarding the state's improving fiscal climate.

January 14, 2015

Activists Cry Foul Over Second Ballot Measure on Mississippi K-12 Funding

State lawmakers are considering a ballot initiative on school funding that critics say is merely designed to block a citizen-sponsored measure up for voter approval this November.

January 09, 2015

Unveiling K-12 Budget, Calif. Governor Criticizes Washington-Driven Reforms

Brown also released a proposal to cut down on the state's long-term retiree health care costs in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal.

December 31, 2014

Governor, Lawmakers in S.C. Ask Top Court to Reconsider K-12 Finance Ruling

In her petition to the state's top court, Gov. Nikki Haley says the November ruling doesn't take into account recent changes to state education spending.

December 30, 2014

Kansas School Funding Falls Short of Legal Standard, Court Rules

A district court in Kansas has found the state's K-12 funding system to be "inadequate to the task."

December 17, 2014

In New Funding System, 'At-Risk' Students Deserve More, Says Michigan State Board

It's not clear how much traction any or all of these ideas will get with GOP Gov. Rick Snyder or with the Michigan legislature, which is controlled by Republicans.

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