State Budgets

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As schools increasingly turn to technology, the risk of cyberattacks have also grown.
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Privacy & Security Cybersecurity a Top Ed-Tech Priority for States, But Funding Lags
Only 8 percent in a survey of state ed-tech leaders said their state provides “ample” funding for cybersecurity.
Lauraine Langreo, September 13, 2022
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Education Funding The COVID School-Relief Funds You Might Not Know About, Explained
Governors got $7 billion to spend on COVID relief efforts for K-12 and higher education with broad discretion on how to use it.
Mark Lieberman, August 4, 2022
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Budget & Finance Chicago Public Schools Asked to Repay $87 Million It Got From 'Coding Error'
The state of Illinois will distribute the money to hundreds of school districts that were underpaid.
Tracy Swartz, Dan Petrella, and Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2022
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Budget & Finance Schools Got Tons of Federal COVID Money. Why Some Are Laying Off Anyway
The realities of school district finance is clashing with the mainstream idea that schools are all flush with cash.
Mark Lieberman, March 30, 2022
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Education Funding Fines, Budget Cuts, Spending Limits: How State Lawmakers Want to Censor Instruction
An Oklahoma legislator wants teachers to pay $10,000 or more out of their own pockets for teaching about sex or sexual orientation, for example.
Eesha Pendharkar & Mark Lieberman, February 14, 2022
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Education Funding Letter to the Editor More Money for Schools Isn’t the Answer
The real problem is not funding but demands that teachers do more than just teach their subject, writes Walt Gardner.
September 28, 2021
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Education Funding Reported Essay Are We Asking Schools to Do Too Much?
Schools are increasingly being saddled with new responsibilities. At what point do we decide they are being overwhelmed?
Mark Lieberman, September 14, 2021
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Education Funding Can Governors Really Take Money From Schools Over Masks?
State leaders are using the threat of funding cuts as a weapon in the mask debate—but it's not clear if they can or will follow through.
Mark Lieberman, August 13, 2021
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Education Funding Some in Congress Fear State Budget Decisions May Undercut COVID-19 Education Relief
A dispute in Wisconsin over coronavirus relief underscores how technical issues and politics are affecting education spending decisions.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 11, 2021
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President Joe Biden made boosting Title I for disadvantaged students a key part of his education platform on the campaign trail.
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Education Funding There Are Big Funding Gaps Affecting High-Poverty Schools. Can Biden Close Them?
Hurdles lie ahead for a $20 billion bid to create "Title I equity grants" to address long-standing funding inequities.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 9, 2021
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States From Our Research Center State Grades on School Finance: 2021 Map and Rankings
Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on school finance, along with how they scored on a host of indicators.
EdWeek Research Center, June 1, 2021
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Education Funding From Our Research Center Nation Earns a 'C' on School Finance, Reflecting Inconsistency in K-12 Funding and Equity
The Edweek Research Center's latest analysis finds a gulf in many states between per-pupil spending and how that K-12 money goes out.
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A worker finishes up for the day at the Cardoza Senior High School, as renovations are under way, Monday, March 11, 2013 in Washington.
A worker finishes up for the day at the Cardoza Senior High School, as renovations are under way, Monday, March 11, 2013 in Washington.
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School & District Management Explainer The Dismal State of School Infrastructure, in Charts
School buildings across the country are in disarray. Here's how it happened and what it would take to fix the problem.
Mark Lieberman, April 27, 2021
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Education Funding Opinion The COVID-19 Stimulus Money Won’t Last Forever. Here’s What's Next for Schools
There are three important first steps for states to start helping schools prepare now, write two policy experts.
Zahava Stadler & Victoria Jackson, April 26, 2021
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