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December 14, 2011

Medicaid Eats Up More of State Budgets, While Education Slips

Medicaid is consumer a larger share of state spending, while the portion going to K-12 education has fallen, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.

December 14, 2011

Districts Sue Over School Texas School Funding System

A school-funding lawsuit filed by MALDEF, an advocacy system for Latino communities, comes the same year that Texas lawmakers imposed major budget cuts on K-12.

December 12, 2011

Colorado Judge Rules Against State's School Funding Model

A Colorado state judge declares the system's of state funding unconstitutional. Her ruling seems likely to be appealed.

November 29, 2011

Nearly 20 States Made Midyear Cuts to K-12, Report Finds

State budgets are improving, albeit slowly, according to a new report, but the gains weren't strong enough to avoid mid-year cuts to K-12, which were made by 18 states.

November 21, 2011

A Resource on School Choice, Teacher Certification, and More

The top research arm of the U.S. Department of Education offers a database with information on state policies on school finance, teacher quality, school choice, testing, and other areas.

November 15, 2011

Teacher Layoff Numbers Overstated? Survey Suggests 'Yes'

A survey of 74 school districts finds they laid off only about 2.5 percent of their teachers over the past two years, despite absorbing serious budget cuts, while cutting central office staff.

November 11, 2011

Wisconsin Cuts Resulted in School Job Losses, Survey Shows

A survey of Wisconsin school districts finds budget cuts imposed by Gov. Scott Walker resulted in roughly 4,000 school job losses. Walker says those numbers are misleading, and that his cost-control policies are working.

November 07, 2011

School Funding Shifts to Help ELLs, Disadvantaged Students

While state school-finance systems have not changed much over time, they are devoting more targeted help to English language learners and student from low-income backgrounds than in the past, a new study finds.

November 03, 2011

New York Spells Out Rules for Mini-Race to the Top

New York is staging a competitive grant program for school districts that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has likened to a miniature version of federal Race to the Top program.

November 02, 2011

Colorado Tax Increase for Schools Goes Down to Defeat

Proposition 103, a measure that would raise taxes to help public schools, was one of the most closely watched issues on the ballot in 2011.

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