DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

Texas Supreme Court Mulling Constitutionality of Public Education

September 2, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court is once again faced with determining whether the state’s method of funding public schools is unconstitutional, the latest in a long line of school finance cases that stretches back more than 30 years. The nine-member court on Tuesday heard nearly three hours of oral arguments and is expected to take many […]

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Philadelphia: Hoping for a Year Without Reductions, Closures, and Cuts

September 2, 2015

No state budget. Continuing labor strife. Conflict with City Council. Courts that block the School Reform Commission’s moves to control charter expansion. Student proficiency rates that tanked in the wake of a new, more difficult state test. Despite these challenges, Superintendent William Hite, starting his fourth year in Philadelphia, says he is optimistic that he […]

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Maryland: Officials Urge Tax Increases for Schools

September 2, 2015

State Sen. Nancy King and County Executive Ike Leggett joined speakers who touted Montgomery County Public Schools’ achievements and then urged community participation — in the forms of increased taxes. Leggett said one reason that MCPS needs money is to decrease the student-teacher ratio. MCPS cannot continue to operate as it does now if its […]

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Alaska Supreme Court to Hear School Funding Lawsuit Soon

September 2, 2015

Attorneys for both the state of Alaska and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough are preparing to make their cases on education funding before the Alaska Supreme Court this month. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Sept. 16 in Anchorage, according to the Ketchikan Daily News. A Ketchikan Superior Court judge last November invalidated the […]

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Georgia: Marietta Says Teacher Pay Will Depend in Part on Funding

September 2, 2015

Appointees working on school funding recommendations for Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission have given preliminary approval to a fundamentally new way of reimbursing school districts for teacher pay. The new funding formula would encourage districts to abandon the teacher pay scale in place for decades. Officials say existing teachers would be grandfathered under the […]

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