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Illinois Education Board Vote Settles 2008 Funding Lawsuit

February 23, 2017

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to approve the settlement of a years-long lawsuit that claimed discriminatory school funding. The board’s Wednesday vote resolves litigation with the Chicago Urban League, which claimed in its 2008 lawsuit that the state’s funding model had a “demonstrable, disparate and adverse impact” on minority students.  Under the […]

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NC–House GOP Rebuffs Call for Gender, Racial Diversity on School Funding Task Force

February 23, 2017

State House Republicans leading the push to assemble a school funding reform task force rejected calls from at least one Democrat Wednesday that lawmakers assure gender and racial diversity on the pivotal task force. The debate came as House legislators gave their tentative approval to create a task force of 18 lawmakers, although the draft of House […]

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NJ School Districts Clamor for More Aid, Others Warn Against Cuts in Funding Debate

February 23, 2017

The ongoing debate over how to fairly — and equitably — fund New Jersey’s public schools prompted disagreements Wednesday between two Democrats who once were considered contenders for the gubernatorial race. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop urged a bipartisan state Senate committee to more thoughtfully forge ahead with changing how public schools are funded, arguing current proposals are vague […]

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WA–State House Passes Plan to Fix School Funding, but Not How to Pay for It

February 23, 2017

The Washington state House approved a plan Wednesday to fix the way the state pays for public schools, but without approving the taxes Democratic leaders say will be necessary to pay for it. The measure, which cleared the House on a 50-47 vote Wednesday, is Democrats’ preferred way to respond to a state Supreme Court […]

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AK–Anchorage School Board Cuts Dozens of Teaching Positions, and the Situation Could Get Even Worse

February 22, 2017

The Anchorage School Board on Tuesday unanimously passed a budget for next school year that cuts dozens of classroom teaching positions to partially close a $15.3 million budget gap. The seven-member board voted on the budget after about 30 minutes of discussion at its evening meeting, leaving the document crafted by the district administration largely […]

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Nebraska Coalition Aims for Property Tax Reform, Stable School Funding

February 22, 2017

Nebraska taxpayers, farmers, ranchers, teachers and others ratcheted up the pressure for reducing property taxes Tuesday. Sixteen organizations representing thousands of state residents announced they have joined forces as Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education. Leaders said the new coalition represents an expansion of efforts to reduce the state’s reliance on property taxes, […]

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Tennessee Appeals Court Hears Merits of Education Funding Lawsuit

February 22, 2017

Should a judge be able to demand Tennessee and its legislative body provide the full amount of money for schools detailed in its education funding formula? That’s the central question in a Tennessee Court of Appeals case in which Metro Nashville Public Schools is wanting the state to provide money for English language learners as spelled out under […]

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