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Voters Boost Minimum Wages in Four States

November 9, 2016

Voters approved minimum wage increases in all four states — Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington — with Election Day ballot measures. 

More specifically:

  • Arizona, Colorado, and Maine will increase their minimum wages, which now range from $7.50 to $8.31 per hour, to $12 per hour by 2020.  
  • Washington will raise its minimum wage, currently $9.47, to $13.50 by
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Capital Spending to Build and Renovate Schools Also Down

October 26, 2016

State cuts in K-12 funding over the past decade, which we outline in our new report, haven’t just affected schools’ operating funding for things like teacher salaries and textbooks.  Capital spending — to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and...

Capital Spending for K-12 Schools Dropping

State K-12 Cuts Can Undermine School Reforms

October 25, 2016

Many states have pursued education reforms to improve teacher quality, better prepare young children for school, and turn around the lowest-achieving schools, among other goals.  The widespread cuts in state K-12 spending we’ve documented in our new report can...

K-12 Education Jobs Have Fallen as Enrollment Has Grown

Why Have States Cut School Funding?

October 24, 2016

The widespread drop in state support for schools over the past decade — which we’ve documented in our new report — reflects outside factors, such as weak revenues and rising costs, as well as state policy choices, such as relying on spending cuts to close...

Five of Eight States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes

Study Shows Money Matters for K-12 Education

October 21, 2016

Better funding for schools leads to better long-term outcomes for students, a careful study concludes.  That’s a timely and important message.  As our new report shows,...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids

State K-12 Funding Still Lagging in Many States

October 20, 2016

At least 23 states will provide less “general” or “formula” funding — the main form of state support for elementary and secondary schools — in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our newly updated survey of state...

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Maine Voters Can Boost Education, Tax Fairness at Same Time

October 5, 2016

Maine’s voters will consider a ballot measure in November to roll back the state’s recent tax cuts for the wealthy and use the revenue to invest in their future by improving the state’s schools.  That’s a very good idea.

Maine is among a number of states that cut income...

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Resources Tight as New School Year Starts

August 23, 2016

With K-12 schools opening around the country, here’s a quick look at the funding challenges many of them face.

  • Some 47 percent of school funding comes from states, and in many states it hasn’t kept up with rising enrollment and inflation.  At least 25
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K-12 Education Jobs Have Fallen as Enrollment Has Grown

Income Tax Cap Would Hurt North Carolina

June 29, 2016

North Carolina’s Senate has passed a fiscally irresponsible bill that would ask voters in November to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the state’s income tax rate to no higher than 5.5 percent, slightly above the 5.499 rate set to take effect in January.  This...

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A Fair Chance for Poor Students

June 17, 2016

Schools with lots of poor children are often poorly funded compared to other schools, undermining the country’s basic promise of equal opportunity.  A rule that the U.S. Department of Education is considering could help change that by leading states and localities to raise...

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