December 2012 Archives

Key federal K-12 programs are likely to be cut by 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts won't feel the pain until next September.


The Utah Board of Education may have violated the state's Open Meetings Act when it selected new leadership on Dec. 7.


California Gov. Jerry Brown may make another prominent push to provide more money for districts with more poor students.


Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, approved a new law that institutes an A-F grading system for schools, beginning in the 2012-13 school year.


Lawmakers in Oklahoma and Texas have proposed allowing school staff members to be armed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.


Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Kansas will cost between $32 million and $60 million over the next two years, a state audit reported.


Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, who worked on achievement gap issues and served as Gov. Deval Patrick's top education advisor, will leave Patrick's cabinet.


California is not moving quickly enough to implement the Common Core State Standards, an education policy and advocacy group argues in a new report published Dec. 10.


The Florida Board of Education named former Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett as the new education commissioner on Dec. 12.


Florida and Massachusetts performed well compared with other countries and school systems on international reading, math, and science tests.


Texas school districts suing the state over $5.4 billion in K-12 cuts in 2011 wrapped up their testimony Dec. 5.


Michigan lawmakers are considering a new version of the emergency manager law that opponents say would resurrect Public Act 4, which was voted down on Nov. 6.


Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennnett, who lost his Nov. 6 re-election bid, told a reporter Dec. 3 he would apply for the Florida education commissioner job.


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