Last week, as you may know, Congress reached an agreement on the 2014 appropriations bill—and the new budget aims to make up for losses felt by public schools as a result of sequestration, the across-the-board 5 percent cuts put in place last March. My colleague Alyson Klein lays out all the details on the budget's education impact here. For those most interested in what the budget means for literacy, STEM education, and arts education, here are some quick highlights. • The Striving Readers literacy program got a 4 percent bump in funding, compared with fiscal 2013, up to $158 million....


New Hampshire opts for a new high school equivalency test designed by ETS, joining a list of nine other states doing likewise.


An investigative piece in Slate claims that a Texas charter system with 65 schools is teaching creationism and other unconstitutional, religiously driven lessons.


Of the 35 sets of instructional materials submitted for possible consideration, the state board of education adopted 31.


A quick search on Amazon yields more than 100 preschool resources for the common core.


Gov. Mike Pence's comments were among his strongest suggesting that the state might abandon the common core.


Alaska chooses to have the University of Kansas design its assessments.


A recent survey found that just half of high school civics and American government teachers devote one or more units to teaching students how to critically analyze the news.


At a congressional hearing, the heads of STEM education programs and high school students discussed private-sector efforts to engage young people in the STEM fields.


Among the changes Florida is considering is the addition of 52 calculus standards, and the requirement that elementary students master cursive writing.


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