March 2014 Archives

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) received funding for early education from the state, but failed to get his way with respect to charter schools.


A push against the common core in Oklahoma is gathering momentum in the state legislature, but seems to hold unclear consequences for the standards.


Twenty-seven states now consider the arts a "core" or "academic" subject, according to a new report from the Arts Education Partership.


A plan to boost school funding in Kansas in the wake of a court ruling could mean Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to increase pre-K spending won't succeed.


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill voiding the state's previous adoption of the common core, but there's more to the story in a state that is moving quickly to adopt its own home-grown standards.


The highest court in Arizona has declined to review a ruling from a lower court last year that upheld a savings account program using state per-student funding.


California school districts are sorting through new steps to create their budgets under a state formula that emphasizes low-income students and English-language learners.


Reports on states' progress with Race to the Top plans show that states are at significantly different stages of implementing the Common Core State Standards.


Leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association voice sharp disagreement with state education chiefs about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart has selected the American Institutes for Research to develop a new common-core aligned exam for the state's assessment.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states need to take a balanced approach to assessments and use common-core tests wisely without relying on them too heavily.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged state policymakers to better communicate about transitions to new standards and tests, and to move faster toward digital classroom materials.


Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright will leave the department in May, as Virginia's education policy landscape undergoes key shifts.


A set of recommendations from a panel convened by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo are intended to put the common core back on course in the Empire State.


Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced a new initiative led by three organizations to bolster support for the common core in a speech on March 10.


Issues that will occupy Indiana education officials include potentially problematic changes to teacher licensure, and a new state assessment to match Indiana's forthcoming new standards.


The legislation from Sen. Bill Montford would assign a task force to create recommendations for a new accountability system for the 2017-18 school year.


Although the Kansas Supreme Court did not order a specific funding increase as sought by plaintiffs in Gannon v. Kansas, justices did order further legal review.


The Lone Star state's request was a narrow one, aimed only at state tests in Algebra 1.


On the eve of his departure as New Jersey schools chief, Chris Cerf criticizes the state union's 'misinformation' on teacher evaluation.


The lower chamber of the New York legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to delay aspects of the common core, but it faces an uncertain future.


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