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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?

February 05, 2015

Philadelphia Education Group Offers $35 Million to Ease Charter Approvals

A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.

January 29, 2015

Arkansas State Board Takes Over Little Rock School District

State education officials voted to immediately dissolve the city's elected board but to keep local superintendent on an "interim" basis.

January 29, 2015

School Districts' Per-Pupil Spending Declines for Second Straight Year

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fiscal year 2012 the median per-pupil spending by local school districts declined by 2.5 percent.

January 22, 2015

Philly Teachers' Union Says Ruling Against District a Victory for Collective Bargaining

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teachers'union contract and impose new terms.

January 22, 2015

Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The teachers' union sued the district after it abruptly canceled the collective bargaining agreement last October and mandated that union members pay toward their health care costs.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

January 14, 2015

Top California Budget Analyst Praises Governor's K-12 Plan, Amid Fiscal Caution

A leading California budget analyst praises Gov. Jerry Brown's prudence in his K-12 spending and overall budget, while warning against over-exuberance regarding the state's improving fiscal climate.

January 02, 2015

Late N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo Sought to Aid Poor Districts, Overhaul Gotham Schools

Cuomo challenged President Ronald Reagan's vision of America, and successfully pushed to expand college access to poor and middle-class students.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.

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