December 2010 Archives

A federal dash for cash, Race to the Top, dominated much of the education news at the state level in 2010. Eleven states, plus D.C., walked away with federal awards.

California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown may not appoint an education secretary, reasoning that the state's board of education and schools superintendent is enough.

Hanna Skandera, who served as an aide to former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been picked as New Mexico's next education secretary, according to a report.

The governor-elect's transition plan calls for an major expansion of vouchers, as well as charter schools and virtual education, and ending tenure for new teacher hires.

Several states are facing major shortfalls in their pension and health care systems, and Republican-sponsored proposal in Congress seeks to make their liabilities more transparent, so that the public understands the bill coming due.

Winners of the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) project are trying to secure local participants in their project. The Success for All Foundation is on the hunt for elementary schools looking to take part in its turnaround project.

Nebraska will draw from Mexico to fill some of its hard-to-staff teaching spots in Spanish language instruction and bilingual education.

An Illinois proposal to limit teachers' rights to strike seems likely to provoke a fight in the state, while the fate of changes to tenure, hiring, and firing is unclear.

Christopher Cerf is named New Jersey's education commissioner, pending legislative confirmation, by Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey's governor has tapped Christopher Cerf, a former New York City schools officials and supporter of charter schools, chers' unions, media outlets are reporting.

The District of Columbia's school choice model gives parents few good options, because many of the highest-performing charter schools have too few slots avaiable, a study says.

Alabama's House of Representatives approves a measure that would end automatic payroll deductions for state employees to unions' political action organizations.

Steven Paine is going to work for the publisher CTB/McGraw Hill, where he will focus on assessment issues, among other duties.

Florida Republican Gov.-elect Rick Scott suggests the state needs to create a major expansion of its school-vouchers efforts. The state's GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, want to revive a version of the state's failed, controversial teacher-pay-and-tenure proposal, Senate Bill 6.

The Race to the Top program has given "political cover" to state officials seeking to make potentially controversial changes to school policy, a scholar argues.

Some states, like Illinois, should have scored higher in certain categories of the Race to the Top competition, while others, like Ohio, Maryland, and California were rated too leniently, according to a review by the New Teacher Project.

The New Jersey Education Association, which has feuded with Gov. Chris Christie, unveils a series of proposed changes to the teaching profession, including altering the process for removing tenured teachers.

A study finds that Florida public schools that face a greater threat of losing student to private schools improve their test scores by more than schools that don't face that competition. The effect was stronger in elementary and middle than in high school.

North Carolina's blueprint calls for new investments in technology and data and new approaches to use data. Local schools districts and charter schools appear to be committed to it.

Republican Rick Scott, Florida's governor-elected, names former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to his education transition team.


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