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New Policy Brief - A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond

Posted by Kim Justice at Feb 06, 2013 08:20 PM |
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Our new policy brief, A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond, outlines what policymakers must do to provide opportunities for all kids to succeed.  The State Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. State mandates a significant boost in K-12 school funding. But policymakers shouldn't stop there.  To create opportunities that will help all children – from the time they enter the classroom to when they join the workforce – investments beyond McCleary’s mandates are a must. 

To build a state that provides educational opportunities for all kids and opens doors to better jobs, higher wages, greater job security, and a stronger economy, we need to:

  • Fully fund basic education 
  • Go above and beyond McCleary
  • Raise revenue

Read the full brief A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond.

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