ERIC Number: EJ759401
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Publication Date: 2005-Jan-5
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K-12 Finance a Top Priority in '05 Sessions: States Feeling Pressure from Competing Needs
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v24 n16 p1, 23 Jan 2005
Good fiscal news is arriving in state capitals: Tax revenues are finally starting to recover from their four-year swoon. The bad news: States face pressure to meet increasing health-care costs and to replenish rainy-day and other funds legislatures tapped in recent years. The bottom line is that schools will have to fight for significant increases in the next fiscal year's budget, according to lawmakers and analysts preparing for the 2005 legislative sessions. School funding will be at the center of debates over how to spend money when all 50 state legislatures convene this 2005. In an annual 50-state report released in December by the NCSL, budget officers in 26 states said that funding of K-12 education would be one of the top three priorities in the 2005 sessions. In a separate survey conducted late last year by the Education Week Research Center, state education officials in 31 states said their states were considering major changes to the way they finance schools.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Taxes, Educational Finance, State Legislation, State Officials, Surveys
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