January 2013 Archives

Both the Mississippi house and senate have passed bills to expand the number of charter schools in 2013, but there are significant differences between them.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed legislation stripping Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of her K-12 authority. Hill has sued to overturn the law.

Voucher lobbyists in Wisconsin include three former Republican speakers in the state Assembly. Vouchers could also expand into Tennessee and North Carolina in 2013.

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitch Chester praised Gov. Deval Patrick's 2013 budget proposals for K-12, and defended the Common Core State Standards in an interview.

The Illinois State Board of Education is slated to vote on a proposal from Superintendent Christopher Koch to raise cut scores on state reading and math tests.

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision on the state pension system could be influencing Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to raise teacher salaries.

By guest blogger Gina Cairney In the month since 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many states and school districts throughout the country have taken steps to sharpen their focus on school security. In Newtown, parents of the slain children, and members of the newly formed group Sandy Hook Promise called for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies in the future, the Associated Press reported. The group members want issues like gun control, mental health, and safety in schools and other public spaces to be ...

A Duke University study shows that while the level of racial segregation in North Carolina schools has remained steady in recent years, economic gaps have grown.

New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has proposed that a 1 percent K-12 funding increase in fiscal 2015 be awarded based on student performance.

New York is about to adopt strict new gun control policies and create "school safety improvement teams" following the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Although both Education Week and StudentsFirst released state K-12 rankings in the second week of January, there were several differences in how the rankings worked.

For the fifth year in a row, Maryland received top marks in Education Week's annual Quality Counts report, followed by Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Arkansas.

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has recommended suspending some tests in 2013-14 to help the state prepare for the Common Core State Standards.

A "report card" of states by the Sacramento-based StudentsFirst school advocacy groups gave most states poor marks for their policies on teachers and school choice.

A New York state commission on education reform recommended extended learning time and higher bars to enter the teaching profession in a Jan. 2 report.

An Indiana state senator said he plans to introduce legislation that would require the state to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards.


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