March 2012 Archives

Tennessee is considering "baggy pants" legislation that could make it the latest state to adopt a law prohibiting students from exposing their underwear.

I did not mention the Oregon Education Investment Board in my March 28 story on governor-driven education legislation in 2012, because the board was actually established through state legislation last year. However, Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber is chairman of that board, and this month the board approved a draft of "achievement compacts" that districts will have to enter with the state. So it's worth examining, particularly since there is a potential for conflict between the districts and the state's chief education officer. The 13-member board approved the draft March 13. School districts and higher-education institutions must establish their own targets ...

Buffalo is embarking on yet another attempt to reach a teacher evaluation deal that New York state approves in a bid to recover School Improvement Grant money.

In an effort to describe automatic federal cuts to education looming at the start of 2013, Illinois Superintendent Christopher Koch used a little cryptozoology.

A bill is on the way to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) that would significantly reform the state's maintenance of effort law governing school funding.

A fight over education legislation in Louisiana being pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has led to one Democrat saying that GOP tactics are reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a bill appropriating additional state money for full-day kindergarten on a per-student basis.

South Carolina superintendent suggests that new criteria making more schools eligible for recognition might be inflating the number of awards.

Forty states saw their graduation rates rise from 2002 to 2009, with Tennessee and New York seeing the biggest gains, a "Grad Nation" report revealed.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed legislation that would have mandated abstinence-only sex education programs for public school students.

The California Federation of Teachers and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal to unite behind a ballot initiative in November on tax increases to fund schools and close a state budget deficit.

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan on March 15 that would use rainy day fund to pay down part of the $2.4 billion debt the state has to its public schools.

North Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed a new teacher evaluation and performance pay law on Tuesday, over the protests of the state teachers union.

Former Maryland schools superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick has taken a job at Towson University to oversee redesigned programs in teacher education.

James W. Guthrie, a long-time education finance and policy scholar currently with the George W. Bush Institute, will take over as Nevada's next state schools chief.

A Florida measure that would have let parents petition for failing schools to be converted into charters or otherwise overhauled died in the state Senate on a 20-20 vote.

by guest blogger Andrew Ujifusa All but ten states have constitutions that prohibit state funding from going to religious schools, a February study from the Education Commission of the States shows. The study by ECS researcher Chris Leahy, "State Aid to Nonpublic Schools," examined the constitutions of all 50 states as to whether they explicitly prohibit funding for nonpublic schools. The study also found that twelve states also prohibit state funding for all nonpublic schools. However, while the majority of states prohibit aid to religious schools, 29 states permit state funding for transportation to nonpublic schools, while 21 states allow ...

A survey of North Carolina teachers shows that more than 50 percent of them spend over half their class time preparing students for high-stakes tests.

New York State has created a website to allow parents and others to track the progress of school districts in implementing new teacher evaluations.

Congressman George Miller, the top Democrat on the House education committee, makes a public pitch for "parent trigger" laws, despite the controversy they're generating.

The American Civil Liberties Union, among others, has raised concerns about a bill that appears to allow student-led prayer at school assemblies.


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