budgets

Fiscal Cliff: Ky. Education, Schools Could Take Major Hit

Spending reductions caused by the fiscal cliff would be devastating for Kentucky’s public schools, officials say. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, federal funding for public schools would be reduced up to $61 mil­lion per year for the next 10 years, affecting more than 1,350 jobs and nearly 130,000 students. Higher education officials in Kentucky and Indiana also are warily eying the fiscal cliff talks.

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S.D. Governor Proposes Modest Boost in State Spending on Schools

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday proposed a $4.1 billion state budget plan to the Legislature that would include modest spending increases on schools, health care and public worker salaries but that wouldn't make up for last year's deep spending cuts.

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Arlington Schools (Ohio) Consider Options for Budget

After the Upper Arlington schools’ first levy defeat in decades, district officials are trying to figure out how to plug a budget gap that they say is somewhere between $2 million and $4 million.

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Some Mich. Schools Could Lose Local Control

Flint School District schools could fall under the control of a state-run district established to reform failing schools, under a set of bills in the Michigan legislature.

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Sacramento (Calif.) Will be Less Late in Paying Schools

California public schools, community colleges and counties will get an early holiday gift from the state: Sacramento will pay about $1.9 billion that it owes them in December, a month earlier than promised.

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N.Y. Superintendents Say Many Districts Will Be Insolvent in 4 Years

Half of New York State’s school superintendents think their school districts will run out of money within four years, and 70 percent believe they will not be able to fund required programs within the same period, according to a new survey.

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N.C. Education Programs Win $16.8M in Powerball Lottery

Three lucky people in North Carolina are $1 million richer after winning part of the Powerball jackpot Wednesday night. According to the North Carolina Education Lottery, sales from the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot tickets will boost education in the state. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.

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D.C. Plan to Close 20 Public Schools Draws Opposition, Though Some Legislators See No Other Choice

Yesterday the D.C. Council wrapped up two hearings on D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan to close and consolidate 20 schools in the coming two years. During the 14 hours of discussion and debate, councilmembers both heard from Henderson and questioned her plan, while activists and residents from across the city stayed at the Wilson Building for hours in order to make their opinions heard.

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Questions Raised About Louisiana Nonpublic Approvals

Louisiana's Constitution and a court decision require that for any nonpublic school to receive state funds the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must certify that it has "curriculum or specialized course of study of quality at least equal to that prescribed for similar public schools."

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Critics Say Michigan Funding Overhaul is 'Cart Before Horse'

State policymakers and educators will get their first look today at a massive overhaul of Michigan's public education funding system that already is being labeled a vehicle for school vouchers.

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