DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

TN – School Funding Must be Made a Top State Priority

September 29, 2016

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported last week that Gov. Bill Haslam made a refreshingly candid statement about school funding in Tennessee. The governor said this state has never spent what it should on education. Haslam says he is working to correct that problem with an extra $200 million in the state budget this year […]

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KY – Bevin, Democratic Leaders Argue over Education Funding

September 29, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Democratic leaders have blasted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for withholding $4.6 million from public school districts — money Bevin says he will release if the districts ask for it. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and others pointed Wednesday to a decision Bevin made earlier this year to not fix a […]

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ID Trustees Take a Stand on Their School Funding Priorities

September 29, 2016

During the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers returned operations funding to levels reached in 2009. The 2009 budget was the high-water mark before a series of budget freezes and cuts were implemented in response to the Great Recession. The Idaho Education Association has also called for increasing operations funding to 2017 levels with inflation factored in, […]

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PA – More Money, Spent in the Right Way, Reduces the Achivement Gap, Study Says

September 28, 2016

Last week, Johnson, associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, presented the findings of his work on the effects of fair funding and school finance reforms at City Hall in an event that was organized by the Education Law Center… Deborah Gordon-Klehr, executive director of the Education Law Center, organized the event to raise awareness of the […]

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Texas Lawmakers to Highlight Education Spending Divide

September 28, 2016

In June, House Speaker Joe Straus ordered the committees to study two key provisions of the state’s school finance system ahead of the 2017 legislative session, including the state’s “use of local property taxes to fund public education and its effects on educational quality and on Texas taxpayers.” The interim assignment came weeks after the Texas Supreme […]

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Utica (NY) Parents, Students Will Continue Education Funding Battle

September 28, 2016

The parents and children in Utica and seven other upstate school districts involved in the so-called “Small Cities Lawsuit” say their fight for obtaining more education funding is not done yet. They are appealing a state supreme court judge’s recent ruling that New York state has met its constitutional obligation to provide additional money from […]

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