DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

Education funding debate echos overall Minnesota money dispute

April 27, 2016

ST. PAUL — Republicans want to hold state spending in line, while Democrats want to bump up funding in some areas of Minnesota’s government. That was the basic argument Monday as the GOP-controlled House passed legislation 84-46 funding education programs from early childhood through college. It also was a preview of what Minnesotans can expect […]

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KS – Gannon plaintiffs argue new law worsens school funding situation

April 27, 2016

The plaintiffs in a long-running school finance lawsuit are arguing new legislation violates a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on the matter. Their brief to the Supreme Court is a response to one filed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt earlier this month in the Gannon v. Kansas case. It dismisses Schmidt’s argument that the legislation […]

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Missisippi Legislature shorts Jackson County school districts more than $10 million in funding

April 27, 2016

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi — When Initiative 42 — which would have given oversight of public school funding to the judiciary — Republican lawmakers said that they were pleased the initiative had been defeated, but heard the voters loud and clear that they wanted better funding for Mississippi schools. Apparently the voters weren’t loud enough. A […]

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Michigan House OKs $16.1B education budget

April 27, 2016

Lansing — A $16.1 billion omnibus education funding budget won bipartisan approval in the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday, though lawmakers sparred over a $1 million line item for private schools. Before the 72-36 vote, Democrats roundly criticized the Republican majority for including the $1 million to reimburse private and parochial schools for costs […]

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Education Desk: A Short History Of Illinois’ Inequitable School Funding

April 27, 2016

As the state budget stalemate drags through its 10th month, school funding has emerged as one of those pivotal issues that has the potential to coerce lawmakers into compromise. After all, neither party wants to be the reason that schools don’t open in the fall. But there’s a big battle brewing over the question of […]

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