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- Education Funding 6 Lawsuits That Could Shake Up How States Pay for SchoolsFar removed from annual budgets, these lawsuits hold the potential to force states to direct more funds to their schools.Education Funding States Are Rolling in Surplus Cash, But It's Not All Good News for SchoolsSome states are ramping up education spending, while others are leaving districts disappointed.Education Funding Education Equity Expert: 'We've Gotta Give Up the Notion of Local Control'David Sciarra, stepping down as head of the Education Law Center, says states have been let off the hook in the push for education equity.Education Funding How School Funding Falls Short, by the NumbersSee how states measure up in an annual report on state school funding and equity.Education Funding Special Ed., Civics, and High-Need Schools Get a Boost in New Federal Spending PackageBut many advocates say far more money is needed.Education Funding How Much States Need to Pony Up to Make School Spending EquitableDistricts with high shares of students of color, poor students, and English learners are getting short shrift now.Education Funding Big Money for Schools, No Strings Attached: Will MacKenzie Scott Change Education Philanthropy?Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gave millions of dollars to dozens of districts and charter schools.Education Funding What the Research Says Districts Are Spending More Per Student. Here's How to Make Sure All of Them BenefitNew studies suggest ways education leaders can make budgets bigger and more equitable.Education Funding How Districts Should Spend Federal School Safety MoneyDistricts should focus on the mental health needs of students, according to a Center for American Progress report.Education Funding Schools Need Billions More to Make Up for Lost Learning Time, Researchers ArgueThe projected price tag far exceeds ESSER aid already provided to help students recover from the pandemic.Education Funding EPA Doubles Aid for Electric, Natural Gas-Powered School Buses, Citing High DemandThe $965 million in funding helps schools replace existing diesel buses with zero- and low-emissions alternatives.Education Funding Districts Steer Federal Teacher-Quality Funding Into Recruitment, RetentionEfforts to recruit teachers and create "grow your own" programs are in; class-size reduction and teacher evaluation are out.Education Funding In Their Own Words This Superintendent's Tiny, Rural District Got No COVID Aid. Here's Why That HurtsThe aid formula left Long Lake, N.Y., out of the mix. The superintendent worries that could happen for other kinds of aid in the future.Education Funding Grants Aim to Support Alaska Native Students' Education, Well-BeingThe U.S. Department of Education is providing more than $35 million for projects in its latest round of funding.Education Funding District Leaders Plea to Feds: We Need More Time to Spend COVID AidWithout more flexibility on the 2024 spending deadline, critical programs will be axed, they warn.