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June 02, 2016

Chicago Schools CEO Says Schools Won't Open Next Year Without State Funding

The state of Illinois ended the fiscal year without passing a budget, and school districts across the state are wondering what happens next.

May 04, 2016

Detroit Teachers Return to Class After Two-Day Protest

Coordinated teacher sickouts had closed 94 of the district's 97 schools Monday and Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands of students out of class.

May 02, 2016

Teacher Protests Shut Down More Than 90 Schools in Detroit

The protest comes in response to an announcement that the district will run out of money at the end of June and may not be able to pay teachers for work they've already done.

April 21, 2016

Louisiana Senate Approves Bill to Return New Orleans' Schools to Local Control

The legislation seeks to return public schools—all of them charters—now overseen by the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board within the next three years.

April 20, 2016

Chicago School District Ramps Up Campaign to Push State for More Funding

District leaders argue while 20 percent of the state's students live in Chicago and local residents contribute 20 percent of Illinois' income tax revenue, the city's students are only getting 15 percent of the state's funding for K-12.

April 20, 2016

Mississippi Bill to Create Statewide School District Heads to Governor's Desk

In recent years, a growing number of states have sought to create statewide school districts with the charge of taking over and improving low-performing schools.

March 09, 2016

Pennsylvania School Boards Ask Court to Order State to Pay Districts

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is asking the Commonwealth Court to force the state to immediately pay districts money that was due to them on Feb. 25.

March 09, 2016

Financially Strapped Detroit Schools Can't Pay Employees After April 8

State lawmakers are considering legislation to rescue the Detroit schools, which is saddled with more than $500 million in debt and dozens of dilapidated school buildings

March 07, 2016

Detroit Administrator Appointed as Interim Schools Superintendent

Alycia Meriweather will oversee all academics in Detroit, historically one of the nation's lowest performing. A former middle school science teacher, Meriweather began her career in the district 20 years ago.

February 17, 2016

Poor Districts Shortchanged in New York State, Advocacy Groups Say

The Alliance for Quality Education and The Public Policy and Education Fund of New York is calling for an increase in state education funding in 2016. The groups released a report arguing that the funding gap between poorer and wealthier districts disadvantages poorer students.

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