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September 29, 2014

California Limits Suspensions for 'Willful Defiance'

In doing so, the state is following in the footsteps of its large districts—Los Angeles and San Francisco—that have already moved away from using "disruption/willful defiance" as a reason for suspension. The practice has been criticized for its disparate impacts on minority students.

September 19, 2014

Texas Oil and Gas Growth Yields $1.26 Billion for State Education Fund

The fund now stands at more than $34 billion, but only the interest income can be spent. In August, a state district judge ruled that Texas was not distributing school funds adequately or fairly among its richer and poorer districts.

September 16, 2014

More Mississippi School Districts Join Funding Lawsuit

The school districts are asking the state to pay them about $134 million, funds they say are owed to them under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The program, which provides money to poorer districts for teachers' salaries and retirement, textbooks, and building maintenance, has been fully funded only twice since it passed the legislature in 1997.

August 28, 2014

Mississippi Districts Sue State for Underfunding

A group of 14 districts is asking the state to pay the $115 million they say they have been owed since fiscal year 2010.

August 28, 2014

Florida District May Be the First in the Country to Forgo State Testing

After an emotional, three-hour hearing, the Lee County school district becomes the first to refuse to participate in state-mandated testing.

August 01, 2014

Colorado's New Marijuana Tax Helping Some Districts Pay for Capital Projects

Revenue from a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales flows into special grant funds to help districts pay for construction projects and to hire more health professionals.

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