Four States Could Begin Preschool Programs This Year; More Early-Ed News

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota could begin offering state preschool services this year, while Texas and Oregon are also considering major initiatives in early education.


Kentucky Chief Terry Holliday, Key Common-Core Leader, to Retire

Terry Holliday, who has served as the Bluegrass State's top K-12 official since 2009, announced that he will retire from his post on Aug. 31.


Few States Using Tests to Guide Instruction for High School Seniors

The Education Commission of the States, which maintains a powerful database of state policies on a host of education policies, waded into the question of how states are using those tests to measure college readiness


Judge Tosses Out Anti-Common-Core Lawsuit from Gov. Jindal, Legislators

On March 30, District Court Judge Tim Kelley dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state school board violated Louisiana law in adopting the common core.


N.Y. Budget Deal Boosts K-12 Aid, Alters Tenure; Evaluation Changes Loom

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared victory in linking controversial K-12 policy changes to the New York state budget. What are the general details of the agreement?


Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.


Tenn. Accused of Inadequate School Funding in Districts' Lawsuit

The districts allege that the state underestimated the cost of teachers' salaries by about $532 million and that the districts face yearly shortfalls in the classroom amounting to about $134 million


Following Swift Change to State Law, Ark. Picks Former Senator as New Chief

Johnny Key, who did not meet earlier prerequisites for the commissioner's job, served in the state legislature from 2003 to 2013 and at one time led the state Senate education committee


A-F School Accountability Over in Virginia After Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs Bill

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed A-F into law two years ago, but the bill ending it came from a fellow Republican in the state Senate.


Arne Duncan Urges Leadership From State Chiefs on Common Core, Equity, Testing

The U.S. Secretary of Education told members of the Council of Chief State School Officers that states could take the lead on issues like overtesting and early education.


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