November 2013 Archives

The court said Georgia's historical precedent clearly allowed for the state to remove local officials under certain circumstances.

Foes of the 2012 state law allowing charters say it runs afoul of the state constitution, but its defenders say it's a key piece of the state's education policy shift.

The Oregon complaint targets the state school boards association, while a teachers' union in Maryland has also filed a grievance regarding work on common-core aligned curriculum.

High school students will not take the common-core-aligned exam in 2015, state Superintendent John White announced, under a plan giving Louisiana schools a decade to meet score expectations.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said she did nothing improper in reviewing and making recommendations about a 2014 ballot initiative's language.

An organizer of the protest day against common core says her work is just beginning, while a "Moms Against Duncan" group recently started.

Florida superintendents have also requested a three-year delay in common-core implementation, but that state's school board doesn't appear sympathetic to the idea.

A lawsuit challenging the validity of common core has been filed in Kentucky, while state chiefs continue to grapple with public perceptions of the standards.

The lawsuit filed against the department by plaintiffs in the Empire State says the group's data cloud puts private student information at risk.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz objected to another state agency, created by Gov. Mike Pence this year, potentially taking control of common-core review away from her department.

California state board members have asked for revisions to draft regulations governing the state's new K-12 funding plan following criticism from several groups.

Nov. 18 has been identified by some common-core opponents as an "opt out" day, while an Illinois senator has proposed delaying the standards in his state.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has picked former Chicago public schools CEO Paul Vallas to be his running mate as lieutenant governor in 2014.

Several states where 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores showed no statistically significant improvement chose to focus on how their students performed against national averages.

A plurality of Oklahoma schools received B grades on the latest A-F school accountability results the state released Nov. 6.

The 2013 scores show no progress closing racial, ethnic and gender achievement gaps, and little progress in math and reading. One exception: 8th grade reading, which showed a 3-point improvement.

A $950 million tax increase to benefit Colorado public schools that would have also restructured education finance in the state was soundly defeated by voters.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli to be Virginia's next governor, setting the stage for potential education policy debates over funding and accountability in that state.

Incumbent GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a public antagonist of teachers' unions, easily beat state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee, in the 2013 governor's race.

Although the 2013 slate of state elections is relatively small, there will be big K-12 impacts from dozens of elections for governor in 2014.

A new Indiana A-F school accountability system approved by a legislative panel Nov. 1 would put more emphasis on student growth.

School district leaders in Oklahoma are increasingly unhappy with the state's A-F school accountability system following data problems, but Gov. Mary Fallin wants them to knock off the criticism.

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