September 2010 Archives

On the Education Ballot This Fall: School Spending and Taxes

Two California unions are supporting ballot initiatives that would have a big impact on taxes and spending, and potentially, school funding.

New Jersey's Chris Christie Touts Education Agenda

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unveils proposals on education, including evaluating teachers and principals based on student performance.

In Florida, Union Support for Dems—and an Independent

Florida's largest teachers' union is endorsing Alex Sink for governor, and is backing two candidates—independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek—for U.S. Senate.

Richard Riley on Federal and State Roles in Education

Former Secretary of Education Richard Riley says that recent federal efforts to provide support to states, and support common tests, are good policy.

Texas AG, Governor Take the Feds to Court Over Edujobs

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the U.S. Department of Education was wrong to reject the state's application for $830 million in federal schools aid.

Company Pays $14.7 million to State Over Testing Delays

Pearson, a testing company, has agreed to pay more than $14.7 million to the state of Florida after acknowledging testing errors during the administration of the FCAT.

In Post-Palin Alaska, a Union Endorsement

The Alaska state affiliate of the National Education Association endorses Democrat Ethan Berkowitz over Republican Sean Parnell.

Who Needs Edujobs? Ohio Weighs In

A newspaper's survey of 17 Ohio school districts found that just 500 teachers, secretaries, and other school wokers lost their jobs this year, and that those systems plan to save their edujobs funding for the rough times ahead.

Election 2010: Don't Forget the States

There could major upheaval this fall, with 37 governors' and seven state superintendents' races on the November ballot. More than 6,000 state legislative seats are also up for grabs

Richard M. Daley: Stop Race to the Top

Chicago's longtime political boss, Richard M. Daley, criticizes Race to the Top. His state was not named a winner in the competition.

Fighting over Edujobs, Religion, and Health Care in the States

Texas senators fight to give the state access to $830 million in federal education jobs aid, while Nebraska education organizations deflect Gov. Dave Heineman's call to oppose the federal health care law.

Former GOP Chairman: I Was Wrong on Back-to-School Speech

Jim Greer, the embattled former chairman of Florida's Republican party, publicly apologizes to President Obama, saying he was influenced by "extremists" in the party.

Fixing State Interventions in Struggling School Districts

When trying to fix struggling school districts, states often ignore many of the key educational and political, and organizational factors necessary to make their fixes successful, a report by the Center for American Progress argues.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over California Public School Fees

The ACLU sues the State of California, saying that it improperly allows districts to charge students fees for books and services.

Race to Top: In Defense of New Jersey

The feds should have cut New Jersey some slack on its failed Race to the Top application, argues David Griffith, ASCD's public policy director.

Texas to Feds: Please, Hold Our Edujobs Money

The Department of Education rejects Texas' bid for $830 million. The state asks the feds to hold the money.

Former Education Aide to Pawlenty Draws Scrutiny

A former top adviser to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is under investigation over a consulting contract she received after leaving her state job.

New Jersey Forges Ahead, Without Race to Top Funds

New Jersey's education agenda goes forward, despite its controversial Race to the Top loss.

An Edujobs Fight in Texas as Politicians Square Off

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Congressman Lloyd Doggett spar over rules attached to the recently enacted Education Jobs Fund.

Nebraska Gov. Attacks Health Care Reform in the Name of Education

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman calls on education groups to join him in demanding a repeal of the health care law.

Smarick for NJ Education Commissioner?

A newspaper speculates that former Fordham fellow Andy Smarick may be New Jersey's next commissioner.

N.J. Governor 'Defamed' Me, Ex-Commissioner Says

New Jersey's fired education commissioner says Gov. Chris Christie went too far in criticizing his role in making a critical mistake on the state's Race to the Top application.

Alabama Chief Complains to Duncan about Race to Top

The state's superintendent of education Joseph B. Morton tells Education Secretary Arne Duncan in an impassioned letter that the Race to the Top competition used a flawed scoring system and punished the state for not having charter schools.

N.J. Governor, Dems Play Blame Game over Race to Top

New Jersey Democrats are calling for the governor to apologize to the Obama administration for criticizing the Race to the Top process.

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