December 2014 Archives

In her petition to the state's top court, Gov. Nikki Haley says the November ruling doesn't take into account recent changes to state education spending.


A district court in Kansas has found the state's K-12 funding system to be "inadequate to the task."


Cuomo had sponsored the bill as a way to create a safety net for teachers, but he has criticized recent teacher ratings that gave most educators high marks.


Jim Peyser currently works for the NewSchools Venture Fund, and has strong ties to charter schools and past Republican governors in the Bay State.


Pam Stewart's announcement came two weeks after a powerful Florida lawmaker expressed a desire to review testing's role in public schools.


This year was characterized by intense discusssions in many states about the progress and worthiness of the Common Core State Standards and their online assessments.


Annual per-student spending would rise to $9,015 in Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed education spending plan for the 2015-17 biennial budget


What's more, states have the same concerns about college-and-career-aligned assessments, whether they are participating in one of two federally-funded consortia or not.


According to the GAO, the deficit for state and local operating budgets as a percentage of GDP is slated to grow from 2 percent of GDP to close to 4 percent of GDP by 2060.


One of Candice McQueen's signature initiatives has been to rigorously train students in Lipscomb's college of education in the Common Core State Standards.


The Missouri State Board of Education has selected Margaret Vandeven to be its next state education chief, replacing Chris Nicastro.


It's not clear how much traction any or all of these ideas will get with GOP Gov. Rick Snyder or with the Michigan legislature, which is controlled by Republicans.


Recent developments emphasize the extent to which K-12 budgets will create key education policy battles in several states.


The idea of the common core as a local option for districts isn't new.


Now that New York State Education Commissioner John King is leaving his post to join the U.S. Department of Education, disparate opinions of his work are on full display.


Gov. Bill Haslam's push to significantly alter teacher evaluations follows the governor's announcement in October that he wants a public review of the Common Core State Standards in Tennessee.


How does the philosophy behind California's new K-12 funding system differ from many state education policy initiatives and debates?


One thing to watch out for next year is how many states approve policies that hold teachers as well as schools more directly accountable for student literacy.


Will high-profile battles about standards, testing, choice, and accountability over the last few years lead to fatigue among governors, state chiefs, and others?


It will be interesting to watch how the Golden State attempts to walk the line between having to report achievement in categories, and wanting to use scale scores.


The Associated Press cites a 95-page report that investigators said were over 100 instances of fraud by former Indiana K-12 chief Bennett or one of his staffers.


Vitter, who announced plans to run for Louisiana governor last January, praised the common standards in August, but now says they are endangering education for several reasons.


Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green issued the order on Nov. 25 as part of a court case brought by a group of Missourians who are challenging the state's membership in Smarter Balanced.


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