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May 24, 2012

'I Can Make More Generals, But Horses Cost Money'

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

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.

July 12, 2011

Calculating the Savings From Ending Last-in, First-Out

A pair of authors examined Washington state data on teacher layoffs and found that districts wouldn't have to give nearly as many teachers the boot, if they did not protect jobs based on seniority.

May 31, 2011

Perry vs. Obama in 2012 Would Offer Plenty of Intrigue

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's considering a bid for the White House. The Republican's candidacy would almost certain underscore stark contrasts between him and President Obama on the federal role in education.

April 13, 2011

UPDATED: A Deal to Restore Texas 'Edujobs' Money?

Texas would be able to secure $830 million in federal emergency education aid under the federal budget deal now working its way through Congress.

April 09, 2011

Education Job Losses a Guessing Game in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to cut state spending on schools over the next two year. Some say the result of those cuts will be massive school layoffs, but others say those fears are exaggerated.

April 06, 2011

Facing the Funding Cliff

States and school districts are finally reaching the "funding cliff"--the point at which $100 billion in economic stimulus money runs out. Many are expected to be forced to make major cuts to programs and personnel.

March 30, 2011

State Budgets Recovering, but Tough Times Await

State tax revenues rose for the fifth straight quarter, according to U.S. Census data, but K-12 system face a lot of problems ahead.

December 23, 2010

Investing in Innovation Winners Look for Partner Schools

Winners of the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) project are trying to secure local participants in their project. The Success for All Foundation is on the hunt for elementary schools looking to take part in its turnaround project.

December 10, 2010

Race to Top: An Antidote to NCLB?

The Race to the Top program has given "political cover" to state officials seeking to make potentially controversial changes to school policy, a scholar argues.

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