January 2014 Archives

Kentucky had been uncertain for many months about whether it would use the PARCC tests for common standards.

A pledge by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address the name of a sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula in Virginia textbooks has highlighted historical animosities.

The bill would require Indiana to drop the common core, but wouldn't explicitly bar the state from re-adopting the standards later this year.

Cindy Hill has said she'll resume her previous duties as Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, but an ongoing state investigation into her conduct still could pose problems.

As Kansas awaits a landmark decision on K-12 school funding, what's happening in the Evergreen State might provide a preview of fights over who controls the budget.

The composition of the ten states with the strongest charter-school law didn't change much, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

In not seeking a third term, Luna said he hopes that his decision means policy recommendations from a state task force stand a better chance of survival.

The move by the New York state teachers' union could signal new worries for common core in the Empire State, and for state K-12 chief John King.

The state board agreed to change how the standards will work in Alabama schools, but didn't explicitly alter the common core or add new standards.

A proposed tax hike of .55 percentage points on wealthy New York City residents has become a sticking point in the fight over early-education in New York state.

In addition to New York, lawmakers in South Dakota and Tennessee are considering reviews or pauses to common-core implementation and common-core-aligned tests.

In remarks made on Jan. 16 to a local Republican Party club, Haley said she would "absolutely" sign a bill that would repeal the common core in South Carolina.

The new rules governing K-12 finance in California are intended to help needy students while strengthening the flexibility of local governance.

Wealth-based spending gaps in North Carolina have grown over the past decade, while a new school finance formula in Pennsylvania may be in the works.

Among candidates for state superintendent in Georgia, there's mostly opposition to the common core, even as the state chamber of commerce continues to support them.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, said in a speech in Washington that the Common Core State Standards are not a federal program, but a crucial part of states' efforts to improve their economies.

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana's contents standards would be "written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers."

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

Only three states decreased their prekindergarten spending in the fiscal 2014 year, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

Among the changes Florida is considering is the addition of 52 calculus standards, and the requirement that elementary students master cursive writing.

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

Mark Murphy told a state representative that he wouldn't always agree with the group, but that he viewed his membership as a way to help drive major change in Delaware.

As she begins her run for governor, the Wyoming superintendent faces the possibility of impeachment by lawmakers due to possible misconduct.

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.

Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, argued that the Common Core State Standards were imposed improperly on teachers and other education officials without the proper support.

A revised version of proposed California school-funding regulations wouldn't let districts meet certain requirements simply by showing higher student performance.

Jim Rier is currently Maine's acting commissioner, and has worked at the state department since 2003, when he became its director of finance and operations.

The North Carolina state board is considering assessment options for the common core, but state lawmakers will also have a say, and are studying the issue.


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