October 2011 Archives

Colorado Voters to Decide on Taxes for Schools

A ballot item in Colorado would allow voters to increase sales and income taxes, for a five-year-period, to support public education.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Voucher Measure

Pennsylvania would become one of a number of states to approve school voucher laws, if a bill approved by the state Senate this week takes effect.

GOP Candidates Spar Over Ohio Collective-Bargaining Law

Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman accuse fellow GOP White House contender Mitt Romney of offering weak support in the repeal battle over Ohio's new law to limit collective-bargaining powers for teachers and other public employees.

Ideas for Cutting Teacher Pension Costs for States, Charters

A new report attempts to offer models for states and charter schools to lower the costs of their teacher pension programs, despite the restrictions many charters face in that area.

When Governors Talk Education, It's About the Economy, Stupid

A new analyzes governors' rhetoric on education, and finds that they overwhelmingly focus on its importance to the economy, as opposed to its other virtues, such as building individual students' creativity, and increasing civic responsibilty.

Louisiana Says No to Race to Top, and Senator Isn't Happy

Sen. Mary Landrieu writes a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, wanting to know why his administration did not appy for the latest Race to the Top competition,involving early learning.

Raise Teacher Ed. Standards, State School Boards Group Says

States need to demand that teacher colleges set tougher admissions criteria and give teachers hands-on classroom experience before they enter the profession, the National Association of State Boards of Education says.

Alabama Lawmakers Look to Limit Teacher Pension Costs

Alabama is looking to join the list of states that have moved to reduce pension costs for teachers and other employees, the Republican speaker of the House says.

Duncan Makes Hard, Partisan Sell for American Jobs Act

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is stumping for President Obama's jobs act, saying GOP calls to cut spending are misguided, from an education and economic standpoint.

Pa. Governor Offers Plan for Vouchers, New Teacher Evaluation

Pennsylvania's first-term governor, Tom Corbett, vows to make another push for private-school vouchers this year, despite that idea failing to gain support in a legislative session this year.

Texas Districts Sue Over School Funding System

A group of Texas districts argue that deep reductions in state funding approved this year by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry have a disproportionately negative impact on low-funded school systems.

Economic, Educational Gains Seen From Out-of-School Spending

The Campaign for Educational Equity argues in favor of much greater out-of-school services for students, saying it will bring educational and economic gains.

Another GOP vs. Teachers' Union Battle Emerges, in Michigan

GOP lawmakers introduce a measure that would forbid school contracts that require teachers to pay union fees, which appears to target the Michigan Education Association.

Former McCain Adviser Working for Romney on Education

Phil Handy, a former adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, is helping 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney on education issues.

State Ed Advocacy Group, 50CAN, Looks to Expand

A school advocacy group, 50CAN, wants to expand nationally; the organization is one of several education interest groups that are playing an aggressive role in shaping state policy.

Teacher Merit Pay Used to Sell 'Issue 2' in Ohio

Supporters of a new Ohio law that puts limits on collective bargaining tout its creation of a merit-pay system for teachers, in a new ad in advance of a repeal vote next month.

Teachers' Unions Say Ala. Immigration Law Unfair, Intrusive

Dennis Van Roeke,l of the National Education Association, and Randi Weingarten, of the American Federation of Teachers, say a law that requires schools to check students' immigration status at enrollment is unfair and unnecessary.

New Jersey's Christie Not Running for President in 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called himself an ally of President Obama on education, in contrast to White House contenders such as Rick Perry.

Iowa Gov. Unveils Blueprint for Teaching, Online Education

Iowa's Republican governor, Terry Branstad, proposes a new, four-tier pay system for teachers, merit pay, and annual evaluation of educators.

A Bitter Fight Over Vouchers in Oklahoma

The chief of staff for Oklahoma's department of education calls school administrators suing to block a voucher program "dirtbags" in a tweet sent out last month.

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