February 2010 Archives

Achieve, Inc. will release its annual report in Washington

California governor names a Democrat and long-time adviser to the largely powerless, $175,000-a-year post.

Testifying in favor of a ban on certain ethnic studies courses in public schools, Tom Horne refers to Dolores Huerta as the ex-girlfriend of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez.

President Obama is expected to discuss his priorities for renewal of the federal education law as he meets with the nation's governors.

Governors used face time with the U.S. Secretary of Education in Washington this weekend to praise his policies and plug their states' bids for Race to the Top funds..

A coalition of school districts and statewide education groups in California is playing a little hardball with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the Republican chief executive's latest budget proposal. Ticked off by what they estimate would be a $3.1 billion blow to the state's K-12 budget if lawmakers agree to the governor's spending plan, the coalition, calling itself the Education Management Group, fired off a six-page letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan that essentially seeks to rat out the governor for what they say amounts to a budget shell game that hurts schools. (Indisputably, public schools in California have been ...

I know, I know, it seems like an absurd headline. All those union members alone (not to mention a legislature dominated by Democrats) would appear to make New Jersey one of the least likely jurisdictions to embrace the polarizing issue of private school vouchers. But the election of Gov. Chris Christie--who promoted school choice throughout his campaign against incumbent Jon Corzine, a Democrat--will at least ensure that vouchers get debated. Gov. Christie, a Republican, has chosen a well-known crusader for school choice as his education commissioner: Bret Schundler,a former mayor of Jersey City. Tomorrow, as Mr. Schundler is scheduled ...

Tennessee is among the select group of states that experts believe has a good shot at snagging some Race to the Top money in Round One of the federal competition for $4 billion in economic-stimulus grants. For starters, Tennessee is one of the few states that has pledged to create evaluations that will make student achievement worth at least 50 percent of a teacher's annual rating. One caveat, however, is that only 35 percent will actually be based on growth in students' scores on standardized tests. The remaining 15 percent will be based on "other" measures of student performance that ...

One of Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees to Louisiana's board of education abruptly resigned yesterday in protest over what she says is a troubling federal influence on the state's K-12 policies. In her resignation letter to the Republican governor, Tammie McDaniel wrote that by serving on the board she was "complicit in supporting federal policies that I genuinely oppose," according to the Associated Press. Her resignation signals a growing chorus of state officials who are publicly expressing their disenchantment with the K-12 initiatives of the Obama administration. Louisiana's public schools, led by state Superintendent Paul G. Pastorek, are widely viewed as ...

So far, none of the 11 states that prohibit charters have changed their laws despite the lure of federal Race to the Top funds.

Gov. Bob McDonnell will promote expansion of the state's tiny charter school sector.

The Show-Me State will reorganize its state department of education under its Race to the Top reform plan.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger loses his fourth education secretary in six years with resignation of Glen W. Thomas.

Education Commissioner David Steiner writes that the Empire State has an urgent need for Race to the Top funds.

The state's top education official will have veto-like power over school turnaround efforts that she judges to be weak.

A National Conference of State Legislatures task force on education issues a new report that criticizes the federal government's role in dictating K-12 education policy.


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