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January 31, 2011

A Leaner Preschool Program in Iowa?

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, following up on a campaign pledge, has proposed cutting his state's preschool program, arguing that it should be replaced with a need-based system.

January 27, 2011

In Indiana, Graduate Early, Get State Aid for College?

A proposal in Indiana, backed by top state elected officials, would allow high school seniors who graduate early to use a portion of per-pupil state aid for college.

January 18, 2011

Governors and Lawmakers Target Spending, School Mandates

In several states, governors and lawmakers, many of them Republicans, are vowing to cut state spending, which could affect K-12.

December 30, 2010

Farewell to 2010, the Year of Race to the Top

A federal dash for cash, Race to the Top, dominated much of the education news at the state level in 2010. Eleven states, plus D.C., walked away with federal awards.

December 27, 2010

A Hard Line on Public Workers' Pensions from Congressional Republicans

Several states are facing major shortfalls in their pension and health care systems, and Republican-sponsored proposal in Congress seeks to make their liabilities more transparent, so that the public understands the bill coming due.

November 30, 2010

Fund Teachers' Pension System, Oklahoma AG Says

Oklahoma's state board of education must fully fund the states' teacher pension system, despite flexibilty lawmakers recently gave the board, the state's Attorney General says.

November 30, 2010

State Budgets Improve a Little, but More Pain Awaits

Thirteen states have made mid-year budget cuts to K-12 education so far this fiscal year, a survey of state financial officers finds.

November 22, 2010

Replugging the Nation's Schools Through Renewables

The State Energy Program, funded through the federal stimulus, is one of a number of federal efforts to power schools through cleaner energy.

November 19, 2010

Bill Gates on School Budgets: Cut Wisely, Change Pay Schemes

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates tells state education chiefs that during a dismal financial period, they should avoid quick-fix cuts like furloughs, which hurt students.

November 12, 2010

Taking School Construction Money to Save the State Budget?

Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval appears to be considering asking school district to turn over construction money to the cash-strapped state.

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