December 2011 Archives

Readers were keenly interested whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an critic of President Obama's education policies, would jump into the White House race, which he eventually did.


Child poverty has risen steadily over the past four years, and 6.5 million children under the age of 18 are living in families with an unemployed parent, according to the Brookings Institution.


Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour issues a terse statement noting that only one of the nine states that won the early-learning Race to the Top competition has a Republican governor.


New York's state attorney general is looking at whether a major education publisher improperly supported a trip by former state education commissioner David Steiner.


Gov. Dannel Malloy says the state's weak showing in the recent Race to the Top competition should motivate lawmakers to change education policy.


Hawaii receives a stern warning from the U.S. Department of Education that the state is not living up to its $75 million Race to the Top award.


The greatest proportion of charter schools, about 42 percent, close for financial reasons, followed by mismanagement, and academic problems, the Center for Education Reform says.


A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida could clear the way for more private school vouchers, critics say.


Republican Gov. Rick Synder has signed into law a proposal, backed by the state's GOP-led legislature, that will remove caps on charter school growth.


A Florida circuit court judge rejects the language of a proposed constitutional amendment that would end a ban on public money going to religious institutions. But Florida's Attorney General says she will make a wording change.


The federal government's rejection of Florida's early-learning Race to the Top grant drew a sharply worded response from Gov. Rick Scott.


The No Child Left Behind Act contributed to a major increase in student performance initially, but those those gains have leveled off, a new report argues.


Medicaid is consumer a larger share of state spending, while the portion going to K-12 education has fallen, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.


A Miami Herald series investigates potential conflicts of interest and alleged insider business dealings at the state's charter schools.


A school-funding lawsuit filed by MALDEF, an advocacy system for Latino communities, comes the same year that Texas lawmakers imposed major budget cuts on K-12.


Christopher Cerf, who was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's choice to serve as state schools chief, awaits confirmation by the state Senate.


A Colorado state judge declares the system's of state funding unconstitutional. Her ruling seems likely to be appealed.


A few states have dropped exit exams recently, and more states will move away from them to "common-core" assessments, a new report finds.


Officials in Montana and South Dakota say the budget picture has improved, which could help schools. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is now pledging to support school, funding, after making major cuts to K-12.


A new review of state bullying laws by the federal Department of Education finds wide variation in protection and punishment for students who are bullied and harassed.


As part of a package of education proposals, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wants to set a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for admission to state teacher colleges.


Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed a temporary sales tax hike to stave off cuts to schools. A California coalition is pushing for a tax increase of its own, designed to raise $10 billion.


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