April 2012 Archives

A sponsor of a tax-credit scholarship program in New Hampshire agreed to amend his legislation to ensure that losses in state aid to public schools resulting from students utilizing scholarships and transferring out of those schools would be limited.

After filing a complaint with the IRS this week over the tax-exempt status of ALEC, Common Cause made public several documents related to ALEC's legislative work, including in the education field. ALEC dismissed this complaint as motivated by partisan ill-will.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said he would continue to fight for his education proposals, even as poll numbers indicate they don't enjoy strong support, and state lawmakers have moved to water down his new teacher evaluation system.

A survey of Californians has found that a majority of residents support Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to help fund public schools, but don't want the sales tax raised for the same purpose.

Link to Education Week's special report on the Common Core State Standards.

A liberal nonprofit has filed an IRS complaint challenging its tax-exempt status, while a bill in Tennessee that would have required bills based on model legislation from ALEC and other groups to have been disclosed as such died in the state legislature.

The Education Commission of the States looks at governors' State of the State speeches from the last several years to see how often education was mentioned, and how often various education terms and phrases were brought up.

The next state superintendent of schools in Maryland will be Lillian Lowery, now the education secretary in Delaware, the state education department announced Friday.

The Hawaii Board of Education has approved a framework for new teacher and principal evaluations, but the state teachers union says that it still needs to give approval to any final plan.

A Texas judge has set a trial date of Oct. 22 for school districts suing the state over $5.4 billion in K-12 education cuts the districts say violate the state's constitution.

A report from a coalition of business leaders states that every dollar invested in early learning programs in Kansas generates 68 cents for the state's economy, beating out manufacturing and retail in terms of its economic impact.

The two largest school systems in North Carolina could represent touchstones in education debates during the state's gubernatorial election this year.

The failure of Maryland's General Assembly to pass a balanced budget plan Monday could lead to over $200 million in education cuts by the state unless legislators can meet in a special session and approve a new fiscal deal.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law abstinence-only sex education for students on Thursday, repealing a state law passed in 2010 that required schools to teach the benefits of contraceptives in sex education classes

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that writes model legislation for state lawmakers supporting parent-trigger and charter schools, is getting more attention after the Trayvon Martin shooting and lost two corporate members this week.

A survey of swing state voters by the College Board shows that education is a very big issue in this election season.

Republican governors in Iowa and Mississippi are sparring with their GOP-controlled legislatures on education issues related to funding and charter schools, respectively.

A law approved by Georgia lawmakers that would create a school and district scoring system has an unusual wrinkle: a measure that measures "financial efficiency."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett created national headlines by jumping into the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on March 30, but the state teachers' union has already agreed to back fellow Democratic candidate Kathleen Falk.


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