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July 28, 2015

School Funding Fight Back in Hands of Washington State's Supreme Court

One of the most contentious K-12 spending battles in the nation could be close to a conclusion after over three years of legal and legislative wrangling.

July 20, 2015

Judge Rules Against Miss. Districts in K-12 Money Lawsuit as Ballot Duel Looms

A lawsuit and two opposing ballot initiatives over school spending in Mississippi promise to create a complicated picture for K-12 spending in the state.

July 07, 2015

Should Lawmakers Change Pension Plans to Help New Teachers?

In a new report, Chad Aldeman and Leslie Kan of Bellwether Education Partners examine recent changes to state retirement systems.

July 06, 2015

Lawsuit: L.A. Schools Failing Needy Students, Flouting California Funding Law

A California lawsuit filed last week claims that the Los Angeles Unified School District is failing to abide by the state's Local Control Funding Formula.

June 30, 2015

Washington State Has a K-12 Budget Deal, But Will the Court Like It?

Lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Inslee a 2015-17 biennial budget that includes a $1.3 billion increase for K-12. But will that figure satisfy the state's top court?

June 19, 2015

Are Teacher Salary Bumps and California's K-12 Funding System in Conflict?

Can districts use the extra cash for high-needs students for across-the-board teacher-salary increases, rather than targeted increases for some teachers?

June 18, 2015

Pa. Lawmakers Propose New School Funding Formula, as Tax Hikes Loom

The formula would provide additional funding for individual students from low-income backgrounds, as well as for students in districts with large concentrations of poverty.

June 15, 2015

K-12 Funding Compromise Approved by Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton in Special Session

The final budget allocates a $525 million increase for public schools, compared to the $400 million increase legislators sent the governor in a budget he vetoed in May.

June 10, 2015

N.J. High Court Slams 'Broken Promises,' But Lets State Skip Pension Payments

In its majority opinion, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated, "[T]he Judiciary is ill-suited to enter into the political decision making that accompanies the balancing of competing spending priorities."

June 08, 2015

Nation's 'Disinvestment' in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports Say

Are prominent school funding advocates satisfied that states are now giving schools robust and well-targeted financial support? Not even close.

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