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Sciarra, David; Dingerson, Leigh – Education Law Center, 2021
After five decades advocating for school finance reform, Education Law Center (ELC) sees the urgent need to deepen understanding of how differing strategies--from litigation to research to grassroots organizing to communicating with the public--can combine to achieve successful school funding reform in the states. In "From Courthouse to…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Finance Reform, Educational Finance, School Support
Lecker, Wendy; McKillip, Mary – Education Law Center, 2021
The Foundation Aid Formula is designed to deliver more funding to New York districts with higher enrollments of low-income students who require additional resources to support their education. These higher need districts struggle to raise sufficient local dollars and rely more heavily on state aid to support their schools. As a result, the…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Funding Formulas, Court Litigation
Education Law Center, 2021
Students have the right to be screened and identified for English Learner (EL) status during remote learning. Even if schools are operating by remote instruction, students, between the ages of 3 and 20, have the right to be screened and to be identified as an EL within 30 days of enrollment. This short fact sheet describes some of the basic rights…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Limited English Speaking, Parent Background, COVID-19
McKillip, Mary – Education Law Center, 2021
In March 2021, the Legislature enacted HB 4048, which amended the State School Aid Act to appropriate supplemental funding for public education, including approximately $1.5 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) funds awarded to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) by Congress under the Federal Coronavirus…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Finance
Education Law Center, 2021
S3434 was signed by Governor Murphy on June 16, 2021. It allows students who turned 21 during the 2020-2021 to continue to receive special education, related services, and transition services through at least the 2021-2022 school year. These services must be provided to those students during the 2021-2022 school year when the Individualized…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Special Education, Students with Disabilities
Spar, Rebecca K. – Education Law Center, 2021
Compensatory education, also known as compensatory services, is a judicially created remedy which entitles a student to receive additional special education and related services, accommodations, and modifications when their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have been violated. This report contains answers to…
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
McKillip, Mary; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2020
The Arizona school funding system is in urgent need of reform, ranking at the bottom of the states for every measure of adequacy and equity. To remedy the current situation, two short-term actions can be implemented immediately: (1) increase school funding for all students, and (2) target additional funding to districts serving students in…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, School Support, Poverty
McKillip, Mary; Sciarra, David – Education Law Center, 2020
This brief is part of Education Law Center's "Tracking State Aid Cuts in the Pandemic" series. In June 2020, amid the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Legislature enacted a 10% cut in state aid for K-12 public education totaling $950 million. The cut applied equally to all school districts, without regard…
Descriptors: State Aid, Retrenchment, Budgeting, Public Education
McKillip, Mary; Sciarra, David – Education Law Center, 2020
This brief is part of Education Law Center's "Tracking State Aid Cuts in the Pandemic" series. Michigan schools have struggled with reductions in funding over the last decade. In July, the Michigan Legislature approved a state aid cut of $175 per pupil, totaling $256 million. The cut was applied equally to all districts, from those with…
Descriptors: State Aid, Retrenchment, Budgeting, Public Education
McKillip, Mary; Sciarra, David – Education Law Center, 2020
This brief is part of Education Law Center's "Tracking State Aid Cuts in the Pandemic" series. Against a backdrop of significant underfunding even before the pandemic, the Texas Education Agency announced in June that federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding would be used in place of the final payments…
Descriptors: State Aid, Retrenchment, Budgeting, Public Education
McKillip, Mary; Luhm, Theresa – Education Law Center, 2020
Money matters in education, especially for students from families that are struggling financially. Increasing school funding not only leads to improved school completion rates and higher achievement in low-income school districts, but over the long-term it can increase educational attainment, wages, and family incomes for children from low-income…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Educational Finance, State Aid, Poverty
Farrie, Danielle; Sciarra, David G. – Education Law Center, 2020
This report evaluates the condition of public school funding in the states preceding the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. It draws upon data from 2018, the most recent year available. This analysis demonstrates the alarming condition of school funding in most states, leaving school districts, especially those segregated by poverty,…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Public Schools, School Support, State Aid
Farrie, Danielle; Sciarra, David G. – Education Law Center, 2020
In the decade following the Great Recession, students across the U.S. lost nearly $600 billion from the states' disinvestment in their public schools. Data from 2008-2018 show that, if states had simply maintained their fiscal effort in PK-12 education at pre-Recession levels, public schools would have had over half a trillion dollars more in…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Retrenchment, State Aid, Economic Climate
Marks, Linda Sweet; Athos, Elizabeth; Spar, Rebecca – Education Law Center, 2020
The closure of school buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a particular hardship for many students with disabilities and their families. School buildings were closed effective March 18, 2020 through the end of the 2019-20 school year, and only some schools started the 2020-21 school year with traditional in-person classroom…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Students with Disabilities, Public Schools
McKillip, Mary; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2020
Tennessee's school funding formula does not adequately support the state's schools. This report analyzes the impact of underfunding on staffing levels and the resulting inequities created between high- and low-income school districts. The state's school formula funding, even when supplemented by local funding above the required local share,…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Funding Formulas, School Personnel, Supply and Demand
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