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Wash. State Lawmakers Face Hard Choices on K-12 Finance

Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Despite a $100,000 daily fine, it remained unclear as of late last week just how ready Washington state legislators are to develop a plan for education funding that will fulfill the dictates of the state’s constitution to the satisfaction of the state Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, that court ruled that the state must pay the monetary penalty each day that it does not come up with a plan that, among other goals, would reduce the state’s reliance on local taxes to pay for education, especially staff salaries, by 2018.

GOP Candidates Forum Puts Education Policy Front and Center

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Education may not get much attention during prime-time presidential debates, but it was center stage at Londonderry High School, where six GOP candidates took a deep dive into K-12 policy.

At an Aug. 19 event hosted by The Seventy Four, an online education news site, and sponsored by the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy organization, the Republican hopefuls–five of them current or former governors–talked Common Core State Standards, teachers’ unions, the role of the federal government, the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, charter schools, and more.

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