November 2011 Archives

Report Ranks Districts on Promoting School Choice, Competition

New York, Chicago, and Duval County, Fla., score well on a ranking of districts that provide students with access to school choice and competition. Orange County, and Miami, Fla., Dallas, and Philadelphia, among others, fare poorly.

Gauging Public Opinion on Tax Hikes for Schools? Good Luck

A pair of polls, out of California and Pennsylvania, would seem to indicate public support for spending more on education. But voters' appetite for tax hikes for K-12 is hard to predict.

Nearly 20 States Made Midyear Cuts to K-12, Report Finds

State budgets are improving, albeit slowly, according to a new report, but the gains weren't strong enough to avoid mid-year cuts to K-12, which were made by 18 states.

Iowa Governor to Wait on Teacher Pay Plan, Build Support

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will wait a year before trying to pass his tiered pay plan for teachers, saying he wants to build support for his proposal.

State School Boards Group Names New Director

Jim Kohlmoos, the current president of the Knowledge Alliance, in Washington, has been named the next executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

A Resource on School Choice, Teacher Certification, and More

The top research arm of the U.S. Department of Education offers a database with information on state policies on school finance, teacher quality, school choice, testing, and other areas.

Top Staffer at National Governors' Group Leaving Post

Dane Linn, who helped lead the effort to establish common academic standards at the National Governors Association, is leaving his post to join the College Board.

N.Y.'s Cuomo Broke School Funding Promises, Group Contends

A report by a pair of organizations that advocate for equitable school funding argues that impoverished schools have suffered the most in New York governor Andrew Cuomo's budget.

Effort to Recall Wis. Governor Begins, and He Fights Back

Opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who successfully pushed a controversial measure to limit teachers' collective bargaining rights, have launched an effort to recall him from office.

Teacher Layoff Numbers Overstated? Survey Suggests 'Yes'

A survey of 74 school districts finds they laid off only about 2.5 percent of their teachers over the past two years, despite absorbing serious budget cuts, while cutting central office staff.

Lessons on Teachers' Unions from Canada, Finland?

An essay argues that American elected officials can find lessons for teacher union-school district collaboration in Finland and Canada.

Alabama Names New Schools Chief

Tommy Bice, a top deputy in the department of education, has been chosen by the state school board as the state's next schools chief, replacing Joe Morton, who retired earlier this year.

Wisconsin Cuts Resulted in School Job Losses, Survey Shows

A survey of Wisconsin school districts finds budget cuts imposed by Gov. Scott Walker resulted in roughly 4,000 school job losses. Walker says those numbers are misleading, and that his cost-control policies are working.

Ohio Voters Reject Law Limiting Teachers' Collective Bargaining

The Ohio ballot measure was the subject of a flood of media attention as the latest high-profile battle over teachers' and other public employees' collective bargaining powers.

School Funding Shifts to Help ELLs, Disadvantaged Students

While state school-finance systems have not changed much over time, they are devoting more targeted help to English language learners and student from low-income backgrounds than in the past, a new study finds.

New York Spells Out Rules for Mini-Race to the Top

New York is staging a competitive grant program for school districts that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has likened to a miniature version of federal Race to the Top program.

Colorado Tax Increase for Schools Goes Down to Defeat

Proposition 103, a measure that would raise taxes to help public schools, was one of the most closely watched issues on the ballot in 2011.

Mixed Views Nationally on Teachers' Unions, Collective Bargaining

A recent poll shows that the Ohio public favors repealing a law that teachers' unions say weakens their rights. Nationally, voters appear to have more divided opinions of teachers' unions.

Unions, Businesses Spend on Ohio Collective-Bargaining Fight

The Ohio Education Association and Ohio Federation of Teachers have contributed millions of dollars to repeal Gov. John Kasich's law limiting collective bargaining. Americans for Prosperity and numerous business groups support the law.

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