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April 14, 2015

How Fair Is the Proposed Overhaul to Texas School Spending?

The lead K-12 budget writer in the Texas House of Representatives wants to change how schools in the second-largest state by enrollment are funded. How does his plan look?

April 13, 2015

Where's the GOP Pushback to Wisc. Gov. Walker's K-12 Agenda?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is pushing for cuts to K-12 spending and other policy changes in his biennial budget, but how are his various priorities progressing in the legislature?

April 13, 2015

Bigger Classes for Better Teachers? Not So Fast, Report Says

A recent report suggested that districts could cut costs by increasing salaries for effective teachers who are willing to take on larger classes, but a review of that report says that the idea has significant flaws.

April 09, 2015

Louisiana Chief: Jindal Using Budget Cuts to Hamstring Common-Core Testing

Superintendent John White has told lawmakers that Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget cut would undermine the state's testing program and cause "chaos" for the state's public schools.

April 07, 2015

Idaho School Budget Brings Teacher Raises, Advancement Opportunities

Idaho legislators have passed a budget that will increase funding for schools in the state by 7.4 percent and fund a program that will increase teacher salaries over the next five years.

March 30, 2015

N.Y. Budget Deal Boosts K-12 Aid, Alters Tenure; Evaluation Changes Loom

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared victory in linking controversial K-12 policy changes to the New York state budget. What are the general details of the agreement?

March 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers OK Shift to Block-Grant Funding, But Court Fight Looms

The Kansas Legislature has approved a plan to switch K-12 spending from a formula to block grants, but the state's legal system might not approve of the change.

March 13, 2015

California Funding Formula May Miss Many High-Needs Students, Report Finds

California's school funding formula is designed to help students in need, but do all those children receive the resources the state intends for them?

March 05, 2015

Calif. Legislator Seeks $900 Million Boost for Standards Implementation

"Ongoing state investment is critical if we wish to build upon the progress that has already been made," a California lawmaker said in announcing the legislation.

February 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Mull Attaching Common-Core Repeal to Budget Bill

Last year, changes to teacher tenure and school choice were tacked onto the state K-12 spending plan. Could the same happen again for a common-core repeal effort this year?

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