Dogged Fiscal Showdown in Illinois Gives Local School Leaders Major Heartburn

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Latino homelessness surges in L.A. County; clogged drain pipes flood N.C. town for 2nd time in 3 weeks; and Alaska’s struggle to fund homes for senior citizens.

Tax-Averse County’s Last Public Library Prepares to Close

Funding for a library system that covers an area larger than the state of Connecticut has dried up. What comes next?

Survey Spotlights Citizen Sentiments on Outsourcing

54% said they would support a privately-run public library if the library was underfunded and could not update inventory or technology.

The Gaps in New York's Free-College Plan

Critics worry that the students who need the most help might be among the least likely to receive it.

Amid California's School Building Bonanza, New Dollars Might Not Reach Poor Districts

"We have lost an opportunity to reform a fragmented system," says the chairwoman of the Golden State's Senate Education Committee.

Impacts of ‘Teacher Free Agency’ in Wisconsin’s Schools; Oklahoma Quake Causes Minor Damage

Also in our Weekend State and Local News Digest: Voting Rights Act ruling reverberates in southern states; big spending on Calif. prescription drug initiative; and Sacramento’s really bright lights.

Navigator Award Finalists: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

There’s a need to expand access to free pre-kindergarten programs in Minnesota. And while an earlier Dayton administration proposal to do that in a big way didn’t gain traction, the North Star State took an important step in the right direction.

Scott Walker’s Battle to Cut Univ. of Wis.’s Budget Continues; More State Layoffs in Conn.

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: San Francisco police chief resigns; Chicago Fraternal Order of Police scrutiny; and D.C. suburb’s big fight over a swing-set.

The Pillaging of America's State Universities

The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice—not necessity, as public leaders say.

West Virginia Prepares for Massive Higher Ed Cuts; Amtrak Crash Kills 2 in Pennsylvania

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Lead-poisoning concerns in New Jersey schools; Mississippi mayor’s sexting controversy; and world’s longest floating bridge opens in Seattle.

The Price of Education in California

School funding increases don't offer a buffer from future uncertainties.

Federal Higher Education Funding Outpaces States

There have been historic changes as the Higher Education Act turns 50.

Pa.’s Budget War Puts More Programs in Jeopardy; Next Steps for Ohio Minimum Wage Plan

Also: Investigating county jail problems in Kansas City and Airbnb’s impacts on a small town.

How Free Community College Works in One State

Tennessee offers money and mentors to give low-income students a chance.

Florida Schools Turned Into ‘Failure Factories’; Baltimore’s Big Tech Dreams

Also: Iowa’s big LED streetlamp leap and Boise homelessness lawsuit’s national impact.

For Vermont’s Public Schools, How Small Is Too Small?

State officials are trying to curb the high costs of rural school systems in a state with a deep history of community identity.

Tax Resistance Unlikely to Thwart Vermont Education Reform

Government officials see the quality of education diminishing across the country.