August 2011 Archives

Push to End 'Social Promotion' Hits Obstacles in New Mexico

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's proposal to hold back students in 3rd grade if they can't read at grade level is running into political resistance.

Districts, Coping with Cuts, Do the Personnel Shuffle

Across the country, districts are being forced to engage in a madcap shuffling of teachers and other personnel to cover for staff lost to budget cuts.

Fla.'s Race to Top Ambitions Tangled in Health Care Opposition

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants his state to apply for $100 million through the new Race to the Top competition, but he must navigate his state's opposition to the federal healthcare law first.

Former Congressman for State Schools Chief in Louisiana?

Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Vietnamese-American ever to serve in Congress, has expressed interest in serving as state superintendent of education.

New York Court Sides with Union in Teacher Evaluation Dispute

A judge ruled that New York state officials exceeded the parameters of a new law in establishing regulations designed to tie student test scores to teacher evaluations.

Jeb Bush Plays Education Policy Confidant to Fla.'s Gov. Scott

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has offered current officeholder Rick Scott advice on education policy, including expansion of the state's voucher programs and selling the Florida virtual school, new email records show.

Walton Family Foundation to Invest in Charters in California

The Walton Family Foundation says it will provide $15 million to a California charter school association, which the philanthropy predicts will provide 20,000 charter seats.

Eighteen States Changed Tenure Laws in 2011, Report Says

Eighteen states approved laws in 2011 that in some way changed the rules on how teachers are granted tenure, according to the Education Commission of the States.

Monday Roundup: Pa. School Choice, New Oregon Ed. Adviser

A former Pennsylvania secretary of education says the state should take an incremental approach to school choice, to build support for the concept.

Feingold Won't Challenge Scott Walker in Potential 2012 Recall

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says he will not run for office in 2012, which would rule out a race

How Fed Up is Rick Perry with Federal Ed. Policy? Read the Book

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently declared himself a presidential candidates, criticizes both Democrats and Republicans for allowing federal overreach in education.

Two Wisconsin Democrats Win Recall Elections

Democrats hold on to two seats in the final two Wisconsin recall elections, but the state's GOP will continue to hold a 17-16 majority in the state's senate.

Wisconsin Teachers' Union Absorbs Cuts

The Wisconsin Education Association Council is being forced to lay off employees -- a result, it says, of Gov. Scott Walker's policies, which are hurting its membership.

Indiana Voucher Program Draws Applicants, Despite Legal Uncertainty

A new Indiana private school voucher program has drawn 2,800 applicants, the majority of them from low-income backgrounds.

Former Alabama Governor Turns to Lobbying, on Education

Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has said he will become a lobbyist on education and economic issues.

State Budgets on the Mend, but Outlook for K-12 Unclear

Arturo Perez, who studies state finance for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says state budgets are recovering, but there's nervousness about the fragile economy.

An Indiana Lawmaker Reflects on Leaving the State in Protest

An Indiana legislators who fled the state to protest Republicans' tactics explains why Democrats chose that form of protest, and reaction from her constituents since then.

Perry Calls for Less Spending, Smaller Federal Role in K-12

Rick Perry, a strong critic of federal involvement in schools, speaks before a national gathering of state lawmakers, amid speculation that he will run for president in 2012.

Republicans Will Hold on to Senate in Wisconsin

Wisconsin held a series of recall elections on Tuesday, which were largely viewed as referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's policies.

Sacramento Mayor Says City Officials Can Lead on Literacy

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also happens to be Michelle Rhee's fiancee, says mayors can play an active role in promoting literacy, even without mayoral control.

U.S. Ed. Official: States Need to Promote Union-District Cooperation

Joanne Weiss, a top U.S. Department of Education official, says states need to take more of a lead role in bulding bridges between teachers' unions and districts.

States Eagerly Await NCLB Waiver Details

Reaction from state lawmakers is tenatively positive to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's decision to grant states waivers to pieces of No Child Left Behind.

State Legislators Shape Agendas for Next Year

Strategies for coping with financial shortfalls, as well as discussions of assessments, standards, and school improvement will receive a lot of attention this week at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jeb Bush to Duncan: Set High Bar for State NCLB Waivers

In a new op-ed, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush argues that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should grant NCLB waivers to states that adopt A-F grading systems.

Supporters of Repealing Ohio Union Law Win Ballot Wording

Ohio residents who vote "no" on a ballot item in November will be voting to reject the state's controversial collective bargaining law, a state board has decided.

Nearly Two Dozen States Have Approved Cuts to K-12

At least 23 states made cuts in education funding for in fiscal 2012, with programs in pre-K, Advanced Placement, guidance counseling, and other areas taking major hits.

Will Debt Deal Slow States' Education Agendas?

Some state officials are worried that the spending cuts imposed in the new deal to raise the debt ceiling will hinder state education "reforms" in areas such as teacher evaluation, standards, and assessment.

Teachers' Unions Unhappy With Debt Deal; Say Default Is Worse

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are worried that the debt-ceiling agreement will result in K-12 cuts, but they also say the United States must avoid default.

Former U.S. Dept. of Ed. Official Enters Race for Congress

Michael L. Williams, who ran into controversy while serving under President George H.W. Bush, is running for the 25th Distict congressional seat in Texas.

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