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April 26, 2012

Mixed Views in California on Gov. Brown's Tax Plans

A survey of Californians has found that a majority of residents support Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to help fund public schools, but don't want the sales tax raised for the same purpose.

April 23, 2012

More ALEC News: IRS Complaint, Tennessee Bill

A liberal nonprofit has filed an IRS complaint challenging its tax-exempt status, while a bill in Tennessee that would have required bills based on model legislation from ALEC and other groups to have been disclosed as such died in the state legislature.

April 10, 2012

Maryland School Funding Gets Fuzzy After Budget Crack-Up

The failure of Maryland's General Assembly to pass a balanced budget plan Monday could lead to over $200 million in education cuts by the state unless legislators can meet in a special session and approve a new fiscal deal.

March 23, 2012

Maryland General Assembly Passes School Funding Reform

A bill is on the way to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) that would significantly reform the state's maintenance of effort law governing school funding.

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.

December 02, 2011

Washington, California Eye Tax Proposals to Support Schools

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed a temporary sales tax hike to stave off cuts to schools. A California coalition is pushing for a tax increase of its own, designed to raise $10 billion.

November 29, 2011

Gauging Public Opinion on Tax Hikes for Schools? Good Luck

A pair of polls, out of California and Pennsylvania, would seem to indicate public support for spending more on education. But voters' appetite for tax hikes for K-12 is hard to predict.

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.

June 15, 2011

Parent Triggers Go the Slow Road

More than a dozen states have introduced "parent trigger" laws this year, but only a few of them have made it into law or stand a chance of success during these legislative sessions.

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.

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