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November 28, 2017

Fighting to Close Budget Hole, Oklahoma Again Debates Teacher Pay, Consolidation

Oklahoma's school spending habits have long been the focus of political battles, and the legislature will soon enter a third special session to debate its budget.

November 08, 2017

What Democratic Victories in Virginia and New Jersey Mean for K-12 Policy

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has said he would further restrict that state's charter laws, and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has promised to pull the state out of the PARCC testing consortium.

April 14, 2017

Education is 'High Priority,' Says New Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

Just days after Robert Bentley's resignation, his replacement, Gov. Kay Ivey, showed up at the state's board meeting Thursday to say, "education is the foundation for economic development."

January 12, 2017

Wisconsin Gov. Walker: 'I Love Public Schools'

In his state-of-the-state address Gov. Scott Walker touted his love of public schools and pledged to increase spending on technology for rural schools in its biennial budget.

October 05, 2016

Maine Gov. LePage Wants Locals to Pay More Education Costs

Voters in Maine this year will decide whether to increase the tax on households bringing in more than $200,000 a year, a measure Gov. LePage describes as "scary."

October 04, 2016

Kansas Governor: State Would Have to Raise Taxes if It Loses Supreme Court Case

Kansas' Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012 and 2013 instituted severe income tax cuts, sending a wave of revenue shortfalls and subsequent budget cuts throughout the state. Now the resulting shortfall bodes poorly for a state embroiled in a school funding fight.

September 06, 2016

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Calls Teachers Union 'Mafia,' Signs Education Bills

During a lively press conference, Republican Gov. Chris Christie promoted his new funding formula proposal, signed several bills, and lambasted the state's teachers union.

September 02, 2016

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Scraps Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Teachers opposed the plan because they said it was an effort to kill a ballot measure that would provide $5,000 pay raises and that the state wouldn't be able to afford their salaries in future years.

August 19, 2016

Arizona State Board Chair Resigns Amid Personality Clash With Schools Chief

The governor-appointed board has fought with the state's elected superintendent of public instruction over who works for whom.

July 14, 2016

Michigan Governor Asks Court to Rule on Legality of Private School Funding

The state's budget sets aside $2.5 million to help private schools meet state mandates.

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