DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

AR–House Panel’s School-Funding Report Tardy

November 28, 2016

The eight-member Senate Education Committee — acting independently — approved its own report recommending raising public-school funding by about $45.6 million in fiscal 2018 and by the same amount again in fiscal 2019. Fiscal 2018 starts July 1. The funding recommendations will be considered in the regular legislative session starting Jan. 9. The recommendations also […]

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Hard Times for Kansas and Its Schools As Economic ‘Experiment’ Creates Gaping Budget Hole

November 22, 2016

In February 2015, three years into the supply-side economics experiment that would upend a once steady Midwestern economy, a hole appeared in Kansas’ finances. To fill it, Gov. Sam Brownback took $45 million in public education funding. By April of this year, with the hole at $290 million, Brownback took highway money to plug it. […]

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IL–School-Funding-Reform Task Force Agreeing on the How, but Not the When, How Much

November 22, 2016

There’s plenty of agreement on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s education funding task force about how to change the way Illinois pays for schools, but there’s a lot less agreement on when to make the change and how much they will cost. Lawmakers said there’s general agreement that the state needs an evidence-based formula to pay for […]

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Editorial: Iowa Schools Deserve More Say in Budgeting and Spending

November 22, 2016

During the 2016 legislative session, state lawmakers once again failed to meet their self-imposed deadlines on school funding. By law, they are supposed to set the rate for school funding increases more than a year in advance so local school boards have the time and information necessary to put together a budget. This means legislators […]

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At Mississippi School Funding Hearing, Many Say Spend More

November 22, 2016

  Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have […]

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Florida Board of Education Looks at New Capital Outlay Funding Model in Legislative Priorities

November 18, 2016

Florida’s most aging schools could see an influx of capital improvement funding if the State Board of Education gets its way in the 2017 legislative session. The board is recommending among its priorities that lawmakers change the way they distribute PECO funds to take into account the actual maintenance and repair needs that schools have, […]

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WI–Evers Seeks Boost in School Funding

November 17, 2016

State funding for public schools would rise by $707 million over the next two years, under the budget proposal sent by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers to Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature on Tuesday. Evers said the 2017-’19 budget would, among other things, increase funding for special education and English language learners, target resources […]

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