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Funding Burden
2 school districts reject funds
The Chicago Tribune
'No Child' grants seen as a hassle

By Jodi S. Cohen
Tribune staff reporter
Published August 15, 2004

Two Chicago-area school districts have rejected more than $100,000 each in poverty grants, saying the money connected to a sweeping federal education reform law comes with too many strings attached.

In declining about $136,000 in federal assistance for the upcoming school year, Consolidated High School District 230 in Orland Park took an ...
Suit necessary for underfunded schools
Anchorage Daily News

(Published: August 14, 2004)
A group of parents, school districts, Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children and NEA-Alaska filed a lawsuit Monday in Alaska Superior Court. The suit charges that the state's funding of K-12 schools violates the Alaska Constitution for two reasons:

• Alaska does not invest enough money in its schools to provide an adequate education for all students and

• Alaska distributes what ...
$500 billion spent on education
The Washington Times
By George Archibald
Published August 5, 2004

The Bush administration has issued a booklet declaring that U.S. taxpayers spent more than $500 billion for public schools in the 2003-04 school year, after months of attacks by Democrats and teachers unions who say that federal requirements for school improvement are underfunded.

State and local spending for kindergarten through 12th grade education more than doubled since 1990, while ...
Tutoring Money May Be Lacking
Washington Post
Thousands of Pupils Qualify for Help

By Sewell Chan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 4, 2004; Page B01

District officials are bracing for a surge in the number of students requesting free tutorial services under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, with low-income children at nearly half of the city's public schools now qualifying for the aid based on the schools' failure to meet test-score benchmarks.

But officials expr...
Letters: Education Act is underfunded
FOND DU LAC Reporter

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri’s claim that states collectively sitting on $2.7 billion in federal education funds is a smokescreen (The Reporter, “Commentary: Beware of political attacks on federal education funding,” July 22).

The Bush administration is not adequately funding the rigid demands of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, misleadingly called the No Child Left Behind Law.

Wisconsin residents face a massive shortfall with state budget cu...
Record number of school tax issues on ballot
Canton Repository
By VERONICA VAN DRESS Repository education writer

July 29, 2004

A record number of school-tax questions are on the Aug. 3 special election ballot — but Stark County voters won’t be deciding any of them.

The Ohio Department of Education Web site lists 103 school issues, which tops the previous special election high of 70 set in 1988. None of the levies are for schools in Stark County.

The head of the Ohio School Boards Association says...
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