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2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

Light at the End of the Tunnel PDF - It appears that the nation’s economy is on the mend. For example, a recent report from the United States Federal Reserve points out several signs of a recovery. However, the speed of the recovery is still in question and it is hard to predict how quickly education spending, in particular, will recover. This ECS Policy Alert examines the economic flow-chart for education spending. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, October 2009)...

Issues in Funding Summer School Programs MS Word PDF - To better understand how, or if, states fund summer school programs ECS reviewed the education funding formulas of 11 states with policies supporting summer school. Of the 11 states in the study, only one did not provide any state funding stream for summer school programs. ECS found that the remaining 10 states provided funding in two distinct ways: (1) through a state’s primary funding formula; or (2) Through categorical funding. (Mike Griffith and Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2009)...

Issues in Funding Early & Middle College High Schools MS Word PDF - Early and middle colleges allow students to earn a high school diploma free of cost while gaining postsecondary credit in a small school environment. To help determine how state funding systems for early/middle colleges differ from funding programs for traditional schools, ECS reviewed the funding policies for these seven states. This review focuses on three funding issues in particular: (1) How does the state fund early/middle colleges compared to traditional high schools? (2) Does the state provide additional funding to the higher education institution where students are earning their postsecondary education credits? (3) Is a student required to pay tuition? (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, March 2008)...

School Finance – A Year in Review MS Word PDF - School finance was once again at the forefront of most state policymaker’s agendas in 2006. As has been the case since 2001: state budget constraints, school finance litigation and attempts to determine the cost of an adequate education occupied much of the debate around education finance. This document examines some of issues that influenced school finance policy in 2006 and that are likely to continue to be sources of debate in 2007. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, December 2006)...

Key Revenue and Expenditure Statistics for 2004-05 MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote provides readers with the number of operating districts, number of largest 100 districts in the state, per-student spending and other revenue and expenditure data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Stephanie Fonda, Education Commission of the States, December 2006)...

Administrative and Instructional Spending Mandates MS Word PDF - This StateNote gives examples of state policies dealing with attempts by lawmakers to maximize limited resources by requiring more funding go directly to the instruction of students and less be expended on administrative and other costs. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, November 2004)...

State Aid to Nonpublic Schools MS Word PDF - This chart describes what kind of state aid, if any, each state provides to private schools. (Education Commission of the States, January 2004)...

Taxation and Spending Policies MS Word PDF - School district budget and tax rate procedures vary among the states. This ECS StateNote lists the local taxes used to fund education and the taxation and spending caps in each state. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, June 2004)...

State School Finance System Changes MS Word - In the past few years, equity and adequacy lawsuits and significant tax changes have forced many state leaders to revise or rewrite their school finance systems. Listed are some contributing factors to and end results of education funding policy changes. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, April 1997)...

Finance: Bilingual Education/ESL Funding Program MS Word - Multi-state compilations. (Education Commission of the States, August 1996)...

Summary of State Surveys on Consolidated Purchasing and Shared Service Arrangements Among School Corporations, Charter Schools and Education Service Centers - By state law, the Indiana State Board of Education must annually report on the consolidated purchasing agreements and shared service arrangements used by school corporations with other school corporations or through the education service centers, and on the efforts of school corporations to explore continuation and expansion of such activities. This report provides a summary of the findings for the 2008-09 school year. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Winter 2010)...

Public School Finance Programs of the United States and Canada: 1998-99 - This Web site provides users with summaries of the school finance system from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 11 Canadian provinces and territories. Individual state/province/territory profiles may be accessed. (National Center for Education Statistics, February 2001) ...

Federal, State, and Local Governments: 2002 Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data - These statistical tables contain data on education spending based on the 2002 Census of Governments. The tabulations present data on revenue, expenditure, debt and assets for all individual public elementary and secondary school systems. The data show that state governments contributed the greatest share of public elementary and secondary school funding -- $207.4 billion -- followed by local sources at $179.7 billion. The federal government was the third largest contributor at $32.7 billion. The District of Columbia spent the most in per-student expenditures followed by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The lowest per-pupil spending amounts were in Utah, Mississippi, Arizona, Idaho and Tennessee. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004)...


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