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Maryland legislators begin hearing education legislation

Feb. 17, 2020 5:48 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers began scrutinizing on Monday education legislation that would cost billions of dollars to carry out but supporters say would make the state’s public education system world-class. The legislature’s education and budget committees met jointly to hear...

Lawmakers support raises for teachers, state employees

Feb. 16, 2020 6:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses under budget proposals before the state House and Senate. Money committees in both chambers unveiled their proposals Sunday for a two-year and more than $135 billion state spending plan, both...

Analysis: New money puts Louisiana education groups at odds

Feb. 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Digging out of a decade of cuts and stagnant funding, Louisiana's public schools, colleges and other education programs are vying for the increased cash coming into the state treasury. But with a finite amount of money to pour into spending increases, education leaders end up at...

GOP lawmakers split over size of education funding increase

Feb. 11, 2020 6:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House on Tuesday approved a K-12 education funding plan that would spend about $16 million more than a version approved by the state Senate. The House voted to increase state spending by nearly $108 million, for a total of about $3.4 billion. Lawmakers approved the funding...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to travel to a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump seeks big increase in career-technical education money

Feb. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EST

President Donald Trump is proposing a $900 million increase in education spending to teach skills and trades, in what would be a historic federal infusion into a spending area that's been stagnant for years. The announcement Monday follows Trump's State of the Union push for career and technical education and is...

Pennsylvania's big higher education problem gets a spotlight

Feb. 8, 2020 10:21 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov . Tom Wolf's proposal to start a major new scholarship program for students at Pennsylvania's state-owned universities caused a stir over his idea to divert the money from a sacred cow, but it also spotlit an uncomfortable truth about Pennsylvania's ragged performance on higher...

Lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget follow along with the presentation of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget proposal for next year, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana governor seeks millions in new education spending

Feb. 7, 2020 4:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration Friday proposed a $32 billion Louisiana budget for next year that pours millions of new dollars into education and keeps most other government programs on an even keel, using money that isn't yet available to spend under the law. The Democratic...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, briefs the media as state budget director Chris Kolb looks on during Whitmer's budget proposal in the Romney Building, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer says her plan focuses on education, health care and the environment. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Whitmer proposes $61.9B budget with boost in school funding

Feb. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $61.9 billion state budget, including the biggest increase in K-12 classroom spending in nearly 20 years and funding aimed at combating pregnancy-related deaths and the effects of climate change. The Democrat's plan would boost overall...

Minnesota House Democratic leaders line up for a news conference Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pictured left to right are Rep. Michael Howard, of Richfield; House Majority Whip Liz Olson, of Duluth; Assistant Majority Leader Fue Lee, of Minneapolis; Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, of Golden Valley; Speaker Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park; Rep. David Pinto, of St. Paul; Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, of Eden Prairie; and Assistant Majority Leader Jamie Long, of Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota House Democrats seek more early childhood funding

Feb. 6, 2020 3:56 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats want to spend as much as $500 million of the state's projected $1.3 billion budget surplus on a one-time bump in spending on early childhood education and child care, their leaders announced Thursday as they rolled out their agenda for the 2020 session....

Wisconsin Govenor Tony Evers hands out pens after signing an executive order on Thursday Feb. 6, 2020. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers held a press conference to sign an executive order for a special session which called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to spend $250 million of a state budget surplus on public schools.  (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Evers calls for $250 million spending on K-12 schools

Feb. 6, 2020 1:22 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday called for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature to spend $250 million of a state budget surplus on public schools, including $130 million that would go toward lowering property taxes. The proposal met with immediate opposition from...