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September 22, 2011

States Act on Pensions in 2011, and Teachers Pay More

At least 27 states made changes to state pension systems this year, and about 15 of them are asking public employees to pay more, measures that will affect teachers.

September 19, 2011

State Revenues Rise Slightly, but Temporary Taxes Expire

For the first time in a decade, states cut taxes more than they increased them, a dropoff caused by the expiration of temporary tax increases, a new report says.

September 09, 2011

Obama's School Jobs Plan: Good Enough, or Too Much?

President Barack Obama says his jobs plan would save 280,000 school positions; that's roughly the number lost in districts since 2008, by one estimate.

September 06, 2011

School Districts Cutting Bus Routes to Save Money

States and school districts are cutting spending on school transportation, which often means longer bus rides and longer walks to bus stops for students.

September 02, 2011

Cuts to K-12 Aid Take Many States Below 2008 Levels

Many states' per-pupil spending on education has fallen below 2008 levels, according to a a new report.

September 01, 2011

Parents' Group Sets Out to Stave Off K-12 Spending Cuts

A national nonprofit, Parents for Public Schools, is trying to encourage families to get involved in protecting school budgets from cuts.

August 30, 2011

Districts, Coping with Cuts, Do the Personnel Shuffle

Across the country, districts are being forced to engage in a madcap shuffling of teachers and other personnel to cover for staff lost to budget cuts.

August 11, 2011

State Budgets on the Mend, but Outlook for K-12 Unclear

Arturo Perez, who studies state finance for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says state budgets are recovering, but there's nervousness about the fragile economy.

August 03, 2011

Will Debt Deal Slow States' Education Agendas?

Some state officials are worried that the spending cuts imposed in the new deal to raise the debt ceiling will hinder state education "reforms" in areas such as teacher evaluation, standards, and assessment.

August 02, 2011

Teachers' Unions Unhappy With Debt Deal; Say Default Is Worse

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are worried that the debt-ceiling agreement will result in K-12 cuts, but they also say the United States must avoid default.

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