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August 07, 2012

State Budgets Appear Stable, but Concerns About 'Uncertainty' Remain

State budgets heading into fiscal 2013 appear stable for the most part but are still vulnerable, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

July 23, 2012

Do Ohio Lottery Proceeds Truly Benefit Schools?

Ohio school officials are claiming that record state lottery revenues won't translate into more dollars for K-12 education because of a revenue swap at the state level, although Gov. John Kasich's administration denies the allegation.

July 18, 2012

State Ed. Spending Faces Gloomy Future, Report Warns

A new report from the State Budget Crisis Task Force says that states' K-12 education funding may rebound as the economy improves, but health care and retirement obligations and limits on property taxes could hamper that recovery.

July 11, 2012

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed the importance of multiple measures in teacher evaluation systems and praised the Common Core State Standards in the keynote speech at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy.

July 03, 2012

New State, Local Dynamic Emerges in School Funding

A report on public education spending from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in fiscal 2010, local-level education funding was higher than state-level funding.

May 24, 2012

'I Can Make More Generals, But Horses Cost Money'

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

May 17, 2012

Property Tax Caps (Mostly) Hold in N.Y. School Budget Votes

Over 95 percent of school districts had their budget proposals approved by voters in New York State in the first year of a new law capping property tax increases. Districts that proposed going above those caps to pay for their budgets succeeded at only a 60-percent rate.

May 15, 2012

Proposed Tax Hike No Longer Mollifies California Ed. Groups

In the wake of news that California's budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion, $6.5 billion more than a January estimate, California education groups are now worried that a proposed take hike in November to fund schools won't be enough to staunch deep cuts.

May 04, 2012

California Ed. Experts Say 2007 Optimism Was "Clearly Unwarranted."

A new study of California public schools from 2007 to 2011 paints a fairly grim picture that includes "small progress" but major challenges remaining. Among the findings is that the state's per-pupil spending in K-12 dropped by $522, a 6 percent slump.

April 17, 2012

Study: Early Learning in Kansas Tops Retail Trade in Economic Power

A report from a coalition of business leaders states that every dollar invested in early learning programs in Kansas generates 68 cents for the state's economy, beating out manufacturing and retail in terms of its economic impact.

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