It joins other districts, including Chattanooga and Memphis, in arguing that Tennessee's funding formula leaves local taxpayers paying too much of the state's increasing education costs.

State's legislators are preparing for a June 23 special session where they will attempt to address a court order to make the K-12 funding formula more equitable.

Alaska Republican Gov. Bill Walker has not yet signed a bill that would suspend standardized testing until 2020.

While the state says they changed 21 percent of the standards, a closer examination shows the task force, among other things, altered words, moved some standards around and changed the labels of a handful of math courses.

In an amicus brief filed with the state's supreme court, Randy Dorn, Washington's superintendent of public instruction, said the court should consider witholding money from the state's school system to force the legislature to fix its funding formula.

Asked about the recently released ESSA regulations, State Education Chiefs pointed out areas of concern and places where they see opportunity.

By consolidating some of the state's 280 school districts state officials are hoping to save millions of dollars and give students in small towns greater access to academically rigorous programs and more electives like the arts.

The state's 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards have led to a contentious fight over local versus federal control.

The state's supreme court has ruled that if the Kansas legislature doesn't provide more funding to poor districts, the court will block K-12 funds from being distributed.

Several states that are heavily dependent on oil revenue had to face the choice of raising taxes, closing tax loop holes or making major cuts to state agencies in order to fill major budget deficits.


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