August 2013 Archives

Common core news developments continue in various states as lawmakers consider the standards in Alabama, Florida, and Michigan.

A second lawsuit in under two weeks, this one backed by a state teachers' union, is challenging the new tax-credit scholarship program in Alabama.

The federal government is seeking to prevent future vouchers from being awarded in Louisiana districts under desegregation orders.

Pennsylvania's acting Secretary of Education William Harner was forced out by GOP Gov. Tom Corbett on Aug. 26, replaced with a former teachers' union official.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a new Center for Innovation and Career Education on Aug. 23, a move that irked Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

The Virginia School Boards Association and Norfolk City School Board hope to have the law that created the district declared unconstitutional.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, has requested the state school board to conduct a new evaluation of the Common Core State Standards.

Marshall Tuck, a former executive with two Los Angeles school groups, including Green Dot Public Schools, has announced his candidacy for California superintendent in 2014.

A poll published by Education Next shows both support and opposition to the common core growing in 2013, with the latter nearly doubling.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new tax-credit scholarship program that Alabama lawmakers approved earlier this year.

Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced he is leaving his position to work on strategic innovation at the Council of Chief State School Officers.

From teacher evaluations to state K-12 funding and leadership turnover, education has generated several different story lines in 2013.

A stand-off has emerged between Philadelphia public schools and state Republican leaders as the city system grapples with financial problems.

New York, California and Wyoming have all reported broad declines in students' test performance this year, attributing the drops in varying degrees to the Common Core State Standards.

Indiana superintendent Glenda Ritz says a preliminary examination shows "manipulation" of school grades under former K-12 chief Tony Bennett in 2012.

Test scores in New York state dropped dramatically as students adjusted to the new assessments aligned to the common core.

The Common Core State Standards will drive major changes in instruction and curricula, most respondents in a survey of state education officials say.

In 2013, 13 states expanded, created, or revised school-choice legislation covering tax-credit scholarships, vouchers, and home schooling.

The fallout from the resignation of Tony Bennett from Florida's top K-12 job continues in Indiana and elsewhere.

A conservative member of the Kansas state board believes attacks on the Common Core State Standards are motivated by fear, not facts.

Tony Bennett was slated to resign as Florida's education commissioner on Aug. 1, following stories about Indiana's A-F system in 2012.

A document published by the Associated Press might reveal how Indiana officials altered the state's A-F accountability system in September 2012.


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