January 2012 Archives

Governors' Organization Names New Education Official

Richard Laine, a former official at the Wallace Foundation, has been named the education director of the Center on Best Practices at the National Governors Association, which played a lead role in developing common academic standards across states.

Charter School Closures Are Down, But Why?

Of charter schools that were reviewed for renewal, about 6 percent were closed, a decrease from the previous two years. Whether that means enforcement has become more lax, or charter operators have become better, is an open question.

N.C. Gov. Rules Out Second Term, Redoubles Focus on Education

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announces she won't run for re-election, after having fought often during her first term with state Republicans over school funding.

Jeb Bush to GOP: Appeal to Hispanics on Education Issues

The former Florida governor says Republican politicians can win over Hispanic voters by focusing on school choice, digital education, and other ideas the GOP supports.

Battling Over Vouchers, and Rhetoric in Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal's rhetoric in promoting his school voucher plan angers teachers union leaders, though the governor says the labor organizations' criticism is misguided.

New Poll Shows Support for California Governor's Tax Plan

A poll shows broad support for California Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise taxes to support public education, but voters are also deeply skeptical of government's ability to spend wisely.

Twelve Education Issues to Watch in 2012

State are likely to pay a lot of attention to early grades instruction, trying to do more with less money, and common standards implementation, among other issues, an education policy group predicts.

Florida Unveils New Grades for School Districts

Florida' state education commissioner, Gerard Robinson, says a new grading system will provide more information to parents and taxpayers on the strengths and weaknesses of school districts.

Jindal Pushing Vouchers, Changes to Teacher Performance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for a major expansions of private school vouchers in his state, and proposing eliminating many teacher job protections -- a step taken by a number of other states.

N.Y.'s Cuomo Ties Funding Increase to New Teacher Evaluation Plan

After seeing his state's teacher-evaluation system tied up in legal and political fights, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is linking districts' receipt of some state aid to their adoption of new forms of teacher evaluation.

Calif.'s Brown Again Pitches Tax Hike to Avoid K-12 Cuts

In his annual "State of the State" speech, California Gov. Jerry Brown proposes overhauling his state's school funding and testing systems, and wants temporary tax hikes for school funding.

Data Systems in Place, States Should Act On Flood of Student Information, Report Says

Data Quality Campaign releases new report on the steps states must take to capitalize on their student longitudinal data systems.

Supporters of Walker Recall Say They've Got 1 Million Signatures

United Wisconsin, a group organizing an effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, says it has collected more than 1 million signatures, roughly twice the number to get the measure on the ballot.

Judge Upholds Indiana Voucher Law

An Indiana judge says a new voucher program is constitutional, and that its direction of public money to religious institutions doesn't mean it violates the law.

Review Finds Studies of Charter Schools Flawed, Problematic

Many charter school studies have methodological flaws, and state laws often stand in the way of researchers gathering good information, a review finds.

John White Appointed Chief of Louisiana Schools

John White, who was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's top pick to serve as the state's top education official, won appointment from the state board on Wednesday.

Florida Governor Asks Lawmakers to Boost School Spending

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes new spending on schools, but Democrats say his plans won't make up for deep cuts imposed last year.

Arizona Governor Wants Searchable Teacher-Discipline Database

Gov. Jan Brewer proposes creating a searchable database for parents interested in gathering information about teachers' disciplinary records.

NJ's Request for Waivers Draws Criticism from Advocacy Group

The Education Law Center says that claims that New Jersey's plan to secure a waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act could result in federal funding not going to the neediest students.

NY's Cuomo: 2010 Teacher-Evaluation Law Not Working (Updated)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asks lawmakers to revise the state's teacher-evaluation law, and the implications for New York's $700 million Race to the Top award are unclear.

States Expected to Focus on 3rd-Grade Retention

State officials in Iowa and New Mexico are expected to consider controversial proposals in 2012 to retain 3rd graders who can't demonstrate basic literacy skills.

Director of State Chiefs' Group Recovering from Heart Attack

Gene Wilhoit, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in Washington, is recovering from a heart attack and expects to return to work in six to eight weeks.

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