March 2011 Archives

Nancy Grasmick, Long-Serving Maryland Chief, Retiring

After 20 years, the nation's longest-serving appointed state schools chief has announced she will step down as superintendent of schools in Maryland.


State Budgets Recovering, but Tough Times Await

State tax revenues rose for the fifth straight quarter, according to U.S. Census data, but K-12 system face a lot of problems ahead.


Race to Top: Two Ohio Districts, Two Different Stories

An Education Week story examines one school district that is taking part in the federal program and another that is not.


Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law in Limbo

A circuit court judge in Wisconsin prevents Gov. Scott Walker's controversial measure to curb collective bargaining rights for teachers and others from going forward.


What Kinds of School Bond Measures Win Big at Ballot Box?

What kinds of school bond measures stand the best chance for success? A researcher, presenting his work at the Association for Education Finance and Policy, found that school refinance and renovation items do pretty well.


Teachers' Unions Regrouping After Early Losses

Despite being knocked back by legislation in several states, teachers' unions are stepping up their advocacy through legal action, mass communication with their membres, fundraising and other means.


Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Budget in New York

Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have committed to cutting overall state spending, and school spending, and creative a new competitive fund for districts.


South Korean Official Advises Caution in Following His Country's Model

Byong Man Ahn, the former minister of education, science and technology in high-performing South Korea, says his country is working to integrate more critical thinking skills, and enjoyment of learning, into its test-heavy school culture.


Turnaround Schools Lack State Support, Personnel Policies, Report Says

States often provide inadequate resources and sometimes lack the authority to take the necessary steps to improve low-performing schools, an analysis by the National Governors Association states.


Another Attempt to Lift Class-Size Limits in Florida

A constitutional amendment to change class sizes was defeated at the ballot box in 2010, but state lawmakers are crafting legislation that they hope would ease those restrictions, which they say place too many burdens on school districts.


Eric J. Smith to Step Down as Florida Schools Chief

Florida's commissioner of Education since 2007 is leaving at a time of major changes for the state's school system and as it implements Race to the Top.


In Delaware, Joe Biden, Arne Duncan Tout Race to Top

The education secretary and the vice president will promote the federal Race to the Top competition on a visit to a Delaware high school that is trying to turn itself around.


Wisconsin Judge Blocks Bargaining Law—Now What?

A Dane County, Wisc., judge issues a temporary restraining order preventing the state's controversial collective bargaining bill from taking effect.


Two Idaho Education Bills Become Law, and a Third Awaits

Two pieces of legislation, which collectively would phase out tenure for teachers and create a merit pay system for teachers and administrators, are signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.


Florida Legislature Approves Teacher Tenure, Merit-Pay Bill

A controversial measure to end teacher tenure in Florida and implement merit pay has cleared the legislation and goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who has voiced support for it.


Ohio State Schools Chief Says She Was Pressured to Resign

Deborah Delisle resigns as Ohio's superintendent of public instruction, saying she was pressured to do so by Gov. John Kasich's office.


Fake Memo Circulated in Indiana Schools Debate

A memo bearing Indiana state schools chief Tony Bennett's name turns out to be a fake, and appears to have been circulated by opponents of a plan he supports to change how teachers are paid and evaluated.


What's Next for Wisconsin?

Wisconsin's controversial bill to curb collective bargaining regulations is now law. What happens now, in terms of school district policy and union politics?


Idaho Collective Bargaining Measure Clears Legislature

A plan to limit teachers' collective bargaining rights to wage and benefits issues has been approved by the Idaho House, after clearing the state Senate earlier. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has voiced support for the measure


Ohio Governor Touts Collective Bargaining Bill, and TFA

Gov. John Kasich defends a controversial proposal to curb collective bargaining rights in Ohio, and says the state needs to bring Teach for America educators to its schools.


A Badger State Breakdown, Courtesy of PolitiFact

PolitiFact breaks down the various claims from the Wisconsin battle over collective bargaining rights for teachers and others, and finds both sides straying from the truth on occasion.


Wisconsin Governor's Agenda, for Third Grade

Lost in the furor of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to put new limits on public employees' collective bargaining is a plan he has to try to promote literacy by 3rd grade.


Duncan Talks Scott Walker, Collective Bargaining

Arne Duncan provides a few details on his talk with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and says that changing collective bargaining can save some costs.


Away from Protests, Wisconsin Officials Try to Talk it Through

Will the ongoing battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin hurt local school officials' ability to work cooperatively?


Change Collective Bargaining? Ohio Survey Says Yes

A survey of school superintendents in Ohio shows that two-thirds of them say collective bargaining agreements need to be overhauled, and that state law doesn't give them the flexibility they need.


Wis. Capitol a Sea of Bodies as Governor Discusses Budget

Demonstrators continued to gather outside the Wisconsin state capitol on Tuesday, protesting Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to change public workers' pensions, health care, and collective bargaining, though they weren't nearly as big as the 70,000-strong crowds of a week ago.


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