States Are Losing Power Over Classroom Materials, and Districts Are Gaining It

The number of states that exert direct control over districts' choice of instructional materials through state funding has dipped from roughly 25 to 18 in recent years.


States' Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Examined in New Report

A recent report from the Education Commission of the States takes a look at how four states are innovatively or effectively tackling the various achievement gaps among students.


Common Core Flip-Flop Times Two: One Tenn. Senator's Changing Positions

Do the changing positions of one key K-12 policymaker in Tennessee highlight the complicated political environment for the Common Core State Standards in the Volunteer State?


In NCLB Waiver Dispute, Texas Tells Feds: Don't Mess With Our Principles

The U.S. Department of Education says the Lone Star State has more than a dozen issue areas to address with its teacher evaluation system.


Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Rice has close ties to Bush's family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009.


New York Gov. Cuomo Ties $1.1 Billion Aid Increase to Sweeping Policy Changes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State speech that, "Our education system needs dramatic reform, and it has for years." What are his plans for K-12 in 2015?


Bill to End A-F Accountability Before It Begins Advances in Virginia

The A-F system was a highlight of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's K-12 policy changes, but it was delayed last year, and it could soon be on its way out.


Democrats' Bill in Congress Aims to Help States Ditch Low-Quality Tests

"Assessments can help determine students' progress, inform instruction, and support academic growth, but too many tests fail to meet these standards," said U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.


Two GOP Governors, Two Plans to Spend Big on Education in Florida and Nevada

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, wants more money for schools, even though voters rejected a ballot measure designed to increase K-12 spending last year.


A Coming—and a Possible Going—for State Schools Chiefs in Pa., R.I.

Pedro Rivera is the new state chief in Pennsylvania, while Deborah Gist could be moving from Rhode Island to an Oklahoma district.


Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments