February 2012 Archives

California wants a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act -- but not under the conditions assigned by the Obama administration, in its offer to provide states with flexbility.


Gene Wilhoit, a top official at the Council of Chief State School officers, says collaboration between K-12 and college officials will be crucial to common standard benefiting schools.


During a visit by the nation's governors to the White House, President Obama urges them against making deep cuts to education, as some of them have done over the past few years.


Indiana's Republican governor credits the Obama administration with challenging teachers' unions and says recent GOP legislative successes reflect a change in public thinking on education issues.


Governors from around the country convene for the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington.


A report finds that California charter schools operated by management organizations, as opposed to freestanding schools or those operated by networks, fared well.


A California school district rejects a proposal to convert a traditional public school to a charter, a step taken through the state's "parent-trigger" law.


Gov. Dannel Malloy, of Connecticut, is trying to overhaul the process for awarding teacher tenure, and taking heat for it.


State and federal officials, and charter school authorizers, can do more through policymaking to make sure that charter schools serve a diverse range of students, a report contends.


Wayne Sanstead, who has been North Dakota's state schools superintendent for nearly three decades, has decided not to run for an eighth term this fall.


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal favors the creation of a "parent trigger" law, making him just the latest state policymaker to show an interest in the idea.


New York officials have resolved a standoff over teacher-evaluation that had imperiled the state's $700 million award in the federal Race to the Top competition.


A Republican-sponsosed measure would ban swearing and foul language by teachers, as judged by the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission.


New Mexico, which has been initially denied a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, has been granted that flexibilty today by federal officials.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a deadline for the state and teachers reaching a deal on a new teacher evaluation plan.


New Hampshire and Maine have decided not to apply for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, citing concerns about the impact on rural schools.


A Franklin County, Ohio, judge says White Hat Management, a charter school operators, must turn over financial information pertaining to schools it operates.


A report by former counsels to the U.S. Department of Education under George W. Bush says the Obama administration's waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act promote a national curriculum.


Legislation that would restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers, has been introduced in Arizona, and many school organizations aren't happy.


Mick Zais, in characteristically strong language, asks U.S. Department of Treasury officials to reject rules that he says could affect charter school employees.


State education agencies faced major cuts in 2011-2012, but also sought to keep an adequate number of personnel focused on important tasks, such as developing common-core standards and new teacher evaluation systems,


States are moving away from "seat-time" requirements as they try to help students are falling behind, want to race ahead, or not served by traditional school schedules and structures.


The National Governor's Association wants Congress to give states lots of running room when it comes to crafting their accountability plans, according to an interim proposal outlining NGA's priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act


A Colorado lawsuit challenges the TABOR amendment, which requires tax increases to go before voters in a referendum. The suit, which faces long odds, could have major implications for education.


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