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January 10, 2011

UPDATED: Brown's Budget Brings Massive Cuts, but Spares K-12 Education

Newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown calls for "vast and historic" reductions in state spending, but he pledges to protect K-12 schools.

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

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

Journal Explores Costs of Teacher Pensions, Retiree Health Care

An education finance journal examines an issue of major financial concern to states: teacher pension and retiree health care costs.

November 11, 2010

States Face Bad News on Budgets

States are coping with dire budget conditions for schools in a variety of ways, which include forming study commissions to examine potential cuts.

November 10, 2010

Revamp California's School Funding Model, Report Says

California's school-funding system needs to be simpler and devote more resources to districts that have more English-language learners and special needs students, a report argues.

October 26, 2010

South Must Build New Economy Through Education, Report Says

The ability of Southern states to get students through the school-to-college pipeline varies from state to state, a report finds.

October 22, 2010

Case Closed on Texas Teacher Pension Investigation, Prosecutors Say

An investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing on a Texas teacher pension board, despite Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White's concerns about the work of Gov. Rick Perry's appointees.

October 12, 2010

Race to the Top: Heavy Lifting from the Locals

Local school districts in the winning "Race to the Top" states are facing deadlines to show how they'll do their part.

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