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Des Moines Register, 11/16/17

How Iowa schools could rethink teacher pay, shore up school budgets

Instead, teacher raises would be based on a percentage of their current salary and their educational attainment, with higher percentages given to teachers with graduate credits or degrees. It would also allow districts to base raises on how much state funding is available, instead of negotiating wages before state funding is set, Shepherd said. During tough financial times, districts would have the flexibility to lower pay raises, potentially staving off program cuts or staff layoffs.

District Administration, 11/17/17

School districts find creative ways to fund pre-K

Usually, city preschool measures get funded through a dedicated city tax. For example, Denver and San Antonio have expanded access to pre-K through revenues from sales tax. Seattle does so through a property tax, while Philadelphia uses a tax on sodas. In San Francisco and Wake County, North Carolina, local leaders dedicated funding from the city or county’s general revenues to pre-K programs.

AZ Central, 11/13/17

Arizona school funding: How it works

Arizona’s 35-year-old school-funding formula was created before charter schools and other school choice options were part of the equation. As those options were added, the formula was not overhauled. Instead, it was tweaked to squeeze them in.

Politico, 11/9/17

Many public flagship universities face a crisis of confidence in working-class communities

The trend has persisted. One recent report found that, since 2002, state support for higher education in Michigan has declined 30 percent, when adjusted for inflation. The university, like nearly every other state school in the nation, leaned on tuition to make up the difference. In-state tuition rose, but university leaders also focused on another, more lucrative, funding stream: out-of-state students — many of them elite students from wealthy families who couldn’t get into the Ivy League. Michigan was the next best thing.