US State Education Funding News for 8/9/2022

Nevada

The Nevada Supreme Court has sided with a lower court judge in dismissing a parent-led lawsuit aimed at dramatically improving K-12 education funding in the state. The lawsuit — long discussed in education circles before being filed in March 2020 — argued that the state wasn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to provide sufficient education resources, inhibiting student learning in the process. In October of that year, a Carson City District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit on grounds that it presented “nonjusticiable political questions” that should be determined by the Legislature according to the Nevada Independent.

Tennessee

Metro Nashville City Council is considering ways to make up for a $22.6 million budget shortfall for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). The school board just passed a new $1.1 billion budget based on funding allocations set by Mayor John Cooper. The Tennessee Department of Education notified MNPS that they would be receiving $22.6 million less in state funding after the mayor’s budget was already set. The lower funding is due in part to a drop in enrollment, according to the Department of Education according to FOX17.

Vermont

A bill aimed at overhauling the state’s education funding formula crossed the finish line this week. On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott signed S.287, which will update per-pupil weights in the formula the state uses to calculate how much money is allocated to individual K-12 public school districts. Currently in Vermont, school budgets are developed at the local level by school boards and approved by voters. Funding, however, comes from the state’s nearly $2 billion education fund, which is funded in part by property taxes according to the Rutland Herald.

New Mexico

New Mexico’s congressional delegation is pushing for increased funding for the Bureau of Indian Education Schools. More than 85 out of 183 schools are rated in poor condition. More than $4.5 billion is needed for K-12 schools and $3.27 billion for tribal colleges and universities. “Congress must uphold its obligations to Indian Country by fully funding BIE. and addressing many of the agency’s safety and infrastructure concerns,” said Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples was set to discuss the issue Tuesday morning, but the hearing was postponed according to KRQE.

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