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January 10, 2012

Florida Governor Asks Lawmakers to Boost School Spending

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes new spending on schools, but Democrats say his plans won't make up for deep cuts imposed last year.

January 10, 2012

Arizona Governor Wants Searchable Teacher-Discipline Database

Gov. Jan Brewer proposes creating a searchable database for parents interested in gathering information about teachers' disciplinary records.

December 30, 2011

Report Finds Child Poverty Rising in the States

Child poverty has risen steadily over the past four years, and 6.5 million children under the age of 18 are living in families with an unemployed parent, according to the Brookings Institution.

December 14, 2011

Medicaid Eats Up More of State Budgets, While Education Slips

Medicaid is consumer a larger share of state spending, while the portion going to K-12 education has fallen, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.

December 07, 2011

Shifting Prospects, Shifting Politics on School Funding?

Officials in Montana and South Dakota say the budget picture has improved, which could help schools. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is now pledging to support school, funding, after making major cuts to K-12.

November 29, 2011

Nearly 20 States Made Midyear Cuts to K-12, Report Finds

State budgets are improving, albeit slowly, according to a new report, but the gains weren't strong enough to avoid mid-year cuts to K-12, which were made by 18 states.

November 15, 2011

Teacher Layoff Numbers Overstated? Survey Suggests 'Yes'

A survey of 74 school districts finds they laid off only about 2.5 percent of their teachers over the past two years, despite absorbing serious budget cuts, while cutting central office staff.

November 11, 2011

Wisconsin Cuts Resulted in School Job Losses, Survey Shows

A survey of Wisconsin school districts finds budget cuts imposed by Gov. Scott Walker resulted in roughly 4,000 school job losses. Walker says those numbers are misleading, and that his cost-control policies are working.

November 01, 2011

Unions, Businesses Spend on Ohio Collective-Bargaining Fight

The Ohio Education Association and Ohio Federation of Teachers have contributed millions of dollars to repeal Gov. John Kasich's law limiting collective bargaining. Americans for Prosperity and numerous business groups support the law.

September 26, 2011

Common Standards Will Test Teachers, and the Education Industry

The common core standards will pose a major challenge for schools and teachers, but education publishers will also have to develop much better products to meet the standards' new demands, school district officials say.

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