November 2012 Archives

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that two school districts can keep property tax revenues that exceed the state's mandated school-funding levels.

Bennett spoke with Education Week at the Foundation for Excellence in Education's annual conference, an event organized by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and shared his thoughts on the loss at the polls, and what the future holds.

By Sean Cavanagh Washington Jeb Bush, whose political aspirations are a favorite source of speculation in this city, urged attendees at an education conference he organized to act as aggressive champions of contentious school policies—regardless of the political fallout. The former Republican Florida governor spoke on the opening day of the fifth annual national summit hosted by an advocacy organization he leads, the Foundation for Excellence in Education. That group is devoted to promoting a schools agenda that closely mirrors the often divisive one that Bush backed while in office, pieces of which have since been emulated in Republican-led...

Pennsylvania can no longer treat charter schools like school districts when calculating AYP, the U.S. Department of Education said last week.

Two West Virginia school parents are demanding the reinstatement of the recently-fired superintendent, Jorea Marple, saying her dismissal violated the state's open meetings law.

The American Legislative Exchange Council has voted down a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards, after several months of debate.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a broad education funding overhaul to emphasize "school choice" in which state money follows students.

The West Virginia Board of Education voted to fire its state superintendent, Jorea Marple, on Nov. 15, saying the state needed "new leadership."

A new report on Illinois K-12 public schools says the state should follow the example of Massachusetts in making major education policy shifts.

Chris Minnich, the new executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, was its membership director and led its common standards and assessment work.

Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus is joining a lawsuit alleging that a voter-approved amendment to expand avenues for charter school approval was misrepresented on the ballot.

A Florida judge has overturned a $155 million award to a former charter school principal who said she was unjustly fired in 2006.

Three education-related races in Montana and Washington State were still undecided as of Thursday morning.

If Democrats gain supermajorities in California's legislature, as one state Republican predicted, it could allow further tax increases and more K-12 funding without ballot measures.

Outgoing Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett said the fate of the common core in the state is uncertain following his Nov. 6 defeat.

California voters approved new taxes on wealthy residents, sparing K-12 from $4.8 billion in projected; they also rejected curbs on union and corporation political spending.

Arizona voters rejected a measure that would have boosted K-12 funding by about $625 million a year through the extension of a sales tax increase.

The upset of Indiana's activist state school superintendent came on a day when state-level ballot measures around the country focused on education policy.

Democrat June Atkinson has been re-elected to a third term despite a Republican trend in North Carolina.

Democrat Glenda Ritz, backed by the state teachers' union, has knocked off a big-time figure in the education policy world.

Sunshine State voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have paved the way for taxpayer-funded vouchers to religious schools.

A controversial charter school amendment to allow statewide authorization was approved by Georgia voters on Election Day.

Guest post by Lesli Maxwell Undocumented immigrant students will be eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Maryland after voters there overwhelmingly ratified a state law at the polls on Tuesday. With 84 percent of precincts reporting just before midnight, 58 percent of voters answered "yes" on Question 4, while 42 percent voted against the measure that grants in-state tuition rates to undocumented students, the Associated Press reported. Maryland voters were the first in the nation to go to the polls to weigh in on a statewide measure that will lower the financial barrier to higher education ...

Achievement gaps in elementary school on the new Kentucky tests linked to the Common Core State Standards mostly increased in both reading and math.

Kentucky released its results from the first tests in the nation pegged to the Common Core State Standards.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is among the donors to an Idaho education advocacy groups supporting changes to school law on the ballot this year.


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