Here's a follow-up on a recent post about the Louisiana governor's race: Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal did, indeed, capture a majority of votes during Saturday's primary, catapulting him to the governor's office in January without having to go through a run-off in November. Read the New York Times story here. He becomes the first Indian-American to become the state's CEO, and will be the nation's youngest governor, at age 36. He will replace Democrat Kathleen Blanco, who decided not to seek re-election. While I pointed you to Jindal's education proposals in an earlier post, it's also worth noting ...


The referendum on private school vouchers in Utah, which is the most heated education battle in an otherwise quiet off-election year, could provide an endless supply of fodder for this blog. But Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s entry into this debate merits special attention. Gov. Huntsman, a Republican, is extremely popular in Utah and also a supporter of vouchers. He signed the bill into law, which would give every public school student a voucher, worth up to $3,000, for private school tuition. Proponents of the universal voucher program--the first in the country--have been quietly grousing about Huntsman's lack ...


Republican Mitt Romney, at a campaign stop Wednesday in Iowa, proposed linking the amount of federal college aid for students to the careers they're seeking. You can read the Associated Press story here. According to the AP account, Romney said he liked the idea of linking the amount of financial aid with the "contributions" students will make to society. However, he provided no details on which career paths would be linked to greater financial aid and whose contributions would count more than others. How much financial aid would a teacher's contribution be worth? Or a scientist's? Or an art historian's? ...


Residents of Louisiana, who are facing tremendous challenges as they rebuild the school system in New Orleans, could find out next week who will be their new governor come January. The state of Louisiana puts an interesting twist on its governor's election by putting all candidates, regardless of party, on the same ballot in an open primary contest, this year to be held on Oct. 20. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote then there's a run-off election, which would be held Nov. 17. This year, they may not be a run-off. The latest polls, as ...


Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards wasn't the only Democratic presidential candidate talking about schools today. In New Hampshire at Manchester High School West, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson unveiled his education plan. He wants to get rid of the No Child Left Behind Act (as he has noted regularly on the stump), bring full-day prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds, and pay teachers an average starting salary of $40,000. He dips his toe into the national standards debate by proposing a committee that would develop voluntary national standards. In his speech today, he also tsk-tsked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of ...


Although much of education reform talk focuses on large, urban school districts, let's not forget that 20 percent of U.S. students go to smaller, rural schools, which have their own academic achievement issues, according to the Rural School and Community Trust. The presidential candidates, who are campaigning in the rural and early-voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, are mindful of this. Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina, today unveiled his plan to help rural schools. Among his ideas is to create a National Teacher University to attract those who will teach ...


I'm on assignment in Utah, which is in the middle of a fierce campaign over school vouchers. On Nov. 6, voters will decide whether the country's first universal voucher program will stay on the books or be defeated. The program would give a voucher to every public school student, valued at between $500 and $3,000, for use at a private school. The bill narrowly passed the Utah legislature this year, was signed by Gov. Jon Hunstman, Jr., a Republican, but then opponents were able to gather enough signatures to put the measure up for a "citizens' veto" vote next ...


Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, so far the only major Democratic candidate to call for completely scrapping the No Child Left Behind law, will remain in the race for his party’s presidential nomination. There was some speculation that Richardson might drop his presidential bid to run for the Senate seat in New Mexico being vacated by Sen. Pete V. Domenici, who announced he will retire at the end of his term in January for health reasons. Some say Richardson would be the ideal candidate for the Democrats to pick up the Senate seat. But Richardson says he’d ...


Democratic U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware becomes the latest presidential candidate to unveil his education plan. The gist of his proposal, unveiled in Iowa, is that he wants to turn the country's traditional K-12 public education system into more of a 16-year pathway—with two years of high-quality preschool available to parents and at least a two-year, affordable college experience available to high school graduates. He also wants to fund the hiring of 100,000 more teachers to reduce class sizes, and give bonuses to teachers who teach in high-need schools or who agree to stay in the ...


The American Federation of Teachers becomes the latest big-labor group to endorse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., for president. Read the Associated Press story here. But it took the union two tries before getting its endorsement announcement right. The first press release arrived in EdWeek's inbox a little before noon, and it focused on the AFT's decision, with a lot of "thank you" quotes from Sen. Clinton. About 30 minutes later, a corrected version of the endorsement announcement was sent out, with more comments from Sen. Clinton about policy positions, such as that she'll work to protect collective bargaining ...


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