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March 16, 2012

Calif. Teachers, Gov. Brown Reach Accord on Taxes

The California Federation of Teachers and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal to unite behind a ballot initiative in November on tax increases to fund schools and close a state budget deficit.

March 16, 2012

Minn. House Approves Partial Repayment to Schools

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan on March 15 that would use rainy day fund to pay down part of the $2.4 billion debt the state has to its public schools.

February 07, 2012

South Carolina Schools Chief Blasts Draft Pension Rules

Mick Zais, in characteristically strong language, asks U.S. Department of Treasury officials to reject rules that he says could affect charter school employees.

January 24, 2012

Twelve Education Issues to Watch in 2012

State are likely to pay a lot of attention to early grades instruction, trying to do more with less money, and common standards implementation, among other issues, an education policy group predicts.

January 20, 2012

Jindal Pushing Vouchers, Changes to Teacher Performance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for a major expansions of private school vouchers in his state, and proposing eliminating many teacher job protections -- a step taken by a number of other states.

January 10, 2012

Florida Governor Asks Lawmakers to Boost School Spending

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes new spending on schools, but Democrats say his plans won't make up for deep cuts imposed last year.

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.

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