July 2011 Archives

A new report looks at the institutional and management challenges state education agencies face as they work to implement state and federal mandates.

In Texas, the state education agency has its budget cut by $48 million, forcing layoffs and affecting the its work in testing, curriculum, certification and other areas.

State EdWatch is taking a break for the week of July 25-29. I'll be back the following week. Thanks for your tips and comments, and please keep them coming....

A judge declares that a state law, meant to give districts the right to ignore certain state education laws, is unconstitutional.

An Ohio law that would strip teachers and many other public employees of significant collective bargaining will be the subject of a public vote to overturn it in November, a top state officials has ruled.

A teachers' union and a group of religious leaders are suing to block a proposed amendment to Florida's state constitution from going on the ballot in November of 2012.

The nation's governors have urged members of Congress to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen defeats his GOP opponent in the first of nine recall elections, fallout from passage of a new law restricting collective bargainig.

Wisconsin is hosting nine recall elections for state legislative seats this summer, in races that may serve as a referendum of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial policies.

By July 26, voters in Ohio will know whether an item to repeal a controversial measure that limited collective bargaining will appear on the ballot in November.

Jonah Edelman, the chief executive officer of Stand for Children, apologizes for remarks he made at an event describing his group's work securing political support for legislation that tied teacher advancement to performance in Illinois.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has apparently reached a deal with Republican lawmakers to end his state's government shutdown.

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has proposed new guidelines for how state and local governments should report pension liabilities.

Stan Heffner was chosen as the next state superintendent of schools in Ohio. He had served in the post on an interim basis.

A pair of authors examined Washington state data on teacher layoffs and found that districts wouldn't have to give nearly as many teachers the boot, if they did not protect jobs based on seniority.

Will the low approval rates of swing state Republican governors help Barack Obama in 2012? A prominent political commentator is skeptical.

Iowa officials are inviting schools experts and state leaders from around the country to an "Education Summit" this month, amid worries about education funding.

Michelle Rhee, the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, says the DREAM Act, which has stalled in Congress, is "good for kids and good for our country."

Opponents of a school voucher program in Indiana, which would allow middle-income families to use tax dollars for private tuition, have sued to stop the law from taking effect.

Most state money will still flow to schools during Minnesota's government shutdown but state functions like renewing teacher liscensing, and judging whether schools have made adequate yearly progress, will stop.

At least 14 states have made efforts to weaken or significantly alter the power of state boards of education, by one count. In some of those states, those efforts are being led by new governors who want to put their stamp on school policy.


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