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April 26, 2011

Cato Analysis Raises Questions on Indiana Voucher Proposal

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, that typically looks favorably on school choice, sees a potential financial downside to a measure supported by Gov. Mitch Daniels and Republican lawmakers.

April 26, 2011

A 'Superboard' to Oversee Education Spending?

Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed the creation of a board that would oversee K-12 spending in the state, which has argues would create more coherent policy from early childhood education through college.

April 13, 2011

UPDATED: A Deal to Restore Texas 'Edujobs' Money?

Texas would be able to secure $830 million in federal emergency education aid under the federal budget deal now working its way through Congress.

April 11, 2011

State Pension Woes: Not as Bad as They Seem?

Making changes to pension systems isn't a cure-all for state budget woes, and in fact won't be of much help in the short term, argues one conservative author.

April 09, 2011

Education Job Losses a Guessing Game in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to cut state spending on schools over the next two year. Some say the result of those cuts will be massive school layoffs, but others say those fears are exaggerated.

April 08, 2011

Sizing Up School Layoffs Across the States

Estimates of coming school layoffs, if projected state budget cuts go through, range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands, depending on the state.

April 06, 2011

Facing the Funding Cliff

States and school districts are finally reaching the "funding cliff"--the point at which $100 billion in economic stimulus money runs out. Many are expected to be forced to make major cuts to programs and personnel.

March 30, 2011

State Budgets Recovering, but Tough Times Await

State tax revenues rose for the fifth straight quarter, according to U.S. Census data, but K-12 system face a lot of problems ahead.

March 29, 2011

What Kinds of School Bond Measures Win Big at Ballot Box?

What kinds of school bond measures stand the best chance for success? A researcher, presenting his work at the Association for Education Finance and Policy, found that school refinance and renovation items do pretty well.

March 28, 2011

Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Budget in New York

Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have committed to cutting overall state spending, and school spending, and creative a new competitive fund for districts.

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