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Mayor’s budget includes funding for homeless students, 3-K for All, and air-conditioned classrooms
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2018 executive budget was hailed as a win by advocates who pushed the city to restore $10.3 million in funding for homeless students omitted from his draft budget.
April 21, 2017
Indiana budget deal would offer modest school funding increases plus a big fix for teacher bonuses
The budget is expected to go up for a final vote late Friday.
April 20, 2017
The budget outlook just got better for Shelby County Schools
Revenues for Tennessee's largest school district will be higher than expected, leading to an amended proposed budget with more investments for Memphis schools.
Follow the money
March 30, 2017
All Indianapolis districts gain state dollars under Senate budget plan
The Senate proposal calls for raising education funding by $358 million, or 3.25 percent, over the next two years.
the final countdown
March 28, 2017
State legislators are down to the wire to pass the budget. Here are the education items to watch
By the end of the week, lawmakers (may) have a deal on the big education funding issues facing the state, including how much to…
March 21, 2017
Why the Trump administration wants school districts to change their budgets — and how Title I could stand in the way
In calling for student-based budgeting, Trump joins a host of big-city school leaders and education reformers.
By the numbers
March 16, 2017
$1.4 billion for school choice, AmeriCorps cuts, and other details from Trump’s first budget proposal
Trump wants to kickstart his plan to boost school choice with $1.4 billion for charter schools, private schools, and funds designed to follow students.
February 7, 2017
Is Jeffco Public Schools about to cut programs that haven’t gotten a chance to succeed?
In its bid to cut $20 million from next year's budget, Jeffco Public Schools is looking to eliminate two programs that have posted promising results so far.
January 9, 2017
Cuomo proposes an extra $35 million for after-school programs in high-need areas
Governor Cuomo released a plan to fund an extra 22,000 after-school program seats across the state.
October 24, 2016
Stepped-up budget calendar for Memphis schools gets praise from Hopson, school board
The budget timeline for Tennessee's largest school district would move up significantly under a proposal from Shelby County Schools' finance chief.
June 30, 2016
Budget is set, finally, for Memphis schools; now the spending begins
On the eve of its new fiscal year, leaders for Shelby County Schools iron out the final details of the district’s $959 million budget.
June 29, 2016
Memphis schools get budget win as county approves $22 million more for Tennessee’s largest district
Shelby County Schools gets most of what leaders wanted from county government, ending a month-long tug-of-war over funding.
June 15, 2016
Shelby County Schools close to filling budget gap — sort of
While the county's budget still can change, Memphis school officials hope their budget gap will shrink by $22 million after discussions with Shelby County commissioners.
June 13, 2016
Why the 2016 budget debate is especially high stakes for Shelby County Schools
Here's an explainer on "maintenance of effort," the dynamic setting the baseline this year for future funding for Shelby County Schools.
June 9, 2016
Board presses Shelby County for wheel tax autonomy for Memphis schools
Seeking to balance its budget, the school board asks the County Commission to give the district greater flexibility in spending wheel tax revenue for education.
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
May 24, 2016
Financial stability for Memphis schools elusive amid under-utilized facilities
County commissioners disagree on the role under-utilized facilities in funding the gap in Shelby County Schools' budget.
down to the wire
May 16, 2016
Board hedges on Memphis school closing plan during final budget vote
One school will stay open an extra year, while a second also may get a reprieve as the board approves Shelby County Schools’ $954 million budget for next year.
May 16, 2016
After announcing plans for 12 school mergers, Fariña says to expect many more
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expects to consolidate a growing number of very small schools next year, which she has asked superintendents to identify, she told…
Down to the details
May 11, 2016
Flurry of budget changes would raise salaries, change benefits for Memphis teachers
The school board for Shelby County Schools will vote next week on a $954 million proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district.
April 21, 2016
Proposed closures of nine Memphis schools draw protests
Parents, students and educators urge leaders of Shelby County Schools not to shutter their schools to close a projected $86 million budget gap.
April 13, 2016
More school closures emerge in Memphis budget discussions
Shelby County's school board shifts its focus from cutting back on two prized programs to closing nine schools that are either low-performing or under-enrolled.
April 12, 2016
Memphis district embraces one-year extension of Gates award as crucial to teacher improvement work
Shelby County Schools receives an extension from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving the district more time to use $11 million left from the 2009 gift.
April 12, 2016
Parents: Cutting CLUE program in early grades would push families out of Memphis schools
Parents charge that one of the proposed budget cuts for next school year would drain even more students from Shelby County Schools.
April 6, 2016
Hopson: Proposed budget cuts to Memphis schools could reverse years of improvements
More than $50 million in proposed cuts would impact staffing and programs including special education, the Innovation Zone and CLUE within Shelby County Schools.
April 5, 2016
Budget cuts loom for Shelby County Schools, again — here’s what we know
As Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepares to unveil his proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district, here are five things to know.
April 4, 2016
Citing ‘dire’ budget situation for Shelby County Schools, Hopson rallies employees for funding
As budget season kicks off for Memphis schools, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson urges employees to advocate for increased funding from county and state governments.
March 10, 2016
Assembly budget adds $2 billion in education spending; would boost SHSAT tutoring
This year’s Assembly budget proposal would increase education spending and add funding to promote diversity at New York City’s specialized high schools.
the first draft
January 21, 2016
De Blasio’s spending plan would hike budgets at more than 650 schools
His $82.1 billion city budget proposal, released Thursday, shows how the city plans to achieve the education goals de Blasio laid out last fall.
January 20, 2016
Q&A: How have large donations affected education policy in New York City?
Professor Jeffrey Henig discusses the changing role of education philanthropy, from Bloomberg to de Blasio.
state of the state
January 13, 2016
Gov. Cuomo unveils plan to expand community schools, urges scrutiny of charter enrollment
In his State of the State speech and his proposed budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also proposed extending mayoral control of New York City schools. Now, the bargaining begins.
January 6, 2016
Memphis City Schools retiree benefits up in the air following state attorney general’s opinion
Retired employees face uncertainty over which entity is responsible for paying for their benefits after the state attorney general said it's not Shelby County.
December 15, 2015
Regents unveil $50M plan to boost education for boys of color
Regents want the state to spend $50 million on attracting male teachers of color and other efforts to boost the education of black and Hispanic boys.
December 2, 2015
McQueen proposes $57 million more for K-12 education next year
Tennessee's ed chief asks for additional state funding for initiatives including professional development for teachers and increasing transparency around testing.
October 20, 2015
Shelby County Schools faces $72 million shortfall next school year, Hopson says
Only months after shepherding $125 million in budget cuts for the current fiscal year, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson warns that more lean times are ahead.
October 2, 2015
Cabinet shuffle includes three new leaders for Shelby County Schools
Following the exit last summer of three top-level officials with Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson announces the addition of three new cabinet members.
July 28, 2015
Indiana charter schools miss out on funding formula boost for English learners
In the new state budget, districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of students can qualify for extra aid, but not if they're a charter school.
July 7, 2015
With Shelby County budget settled, Hopson reflects on process
Dorsey Hopson hopes the fiscal bleeding slows as a result of the district's most recent budget-cutting process and priorities.
June 29, 2015
SUNY charter chair: We won’t authorize more schools without more funding
The SUNY Charter School Institute is facing a choice between maintaining strict standards and stretching its staff thin, according to the chair of its charter committee.
time and money
June 23, 2015
City adds money to hire P.E. teachers, fund extra hours at Renewal schools
Physical education and the de Blasio administration’s school-turnaround program got a late boost in a budget deal announced Monday night.
June 18, 2015
Layoffs impact more than 500 Shelby County educators
Two months after approving $125 million in budget cuts for Shelby County Schools, district leaders announce the layoffs of 520 employees, mostly teachers.
May 28, 2015
After protests, city will restore funding for summer programs
The city’s response comes just hours after City Council members and advocates ratcheted up their criticism of de Blasio.
Follow the money
May 28, 2015
Fariña, grilled about summer program cuts, hints that a solution is on the way
In the middle of Fariña’s testimony, several council members left to join a rally outside City Hall organized by a coalition of organizations affected by the cuts.
May 13, 2015
Middle schools scramble after summer program funds shifted to struggling schools
More than 40 middle schools participating in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new after-school initiative have learned they will have to cancel their upcoming summer programs.
May 13, 2015
Retirees fret as Shelby County Schools eyes retirement benefits
As the financially strapped district explores cuts to retirement benefits, administrators say they have no choice, while retirees huddle to discuss their response.
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 7, 2015
Pre-K expansion will be pricier than expected, budget shows
The budget also includes new funding to help struggling schools with academic programs and guidance counselors and hundreds of new school sports programs
May 6, 2015
State has shifted school funding gap to local districts, say Memphis leaders
State officials have hoisted the financial responsibility for educating Tennessee's children on the backs of local districts, say administrators seeking a funding hike.
School district budget
May 5, 2015
Shelby County Schools seeking $14 million funding increase from county
Facing the loss of significant grants, leaders of Shelby County Schools will ask the County Commission for an additional $14 million in funding.
April 28, 2015
Poor districts still losing aid as state budget nears completion
Indianapolis Public Schools, and other high poverty school districts, will take a big financial hit under a compromise state budget plan proposed today, but it could have been worse.
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