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Lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Inslee a 2015-17 biennial budget that includes a $1.3 billion increase for K-12. But will that figure satisfy the state's top court?


It's happened over and over. It's been both subtle and obvious. And it's come from at least one former supporter of the standards


Newly minted 2016 presidential contender Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has a complex record on education policy that has attracted fierce supporters and detractors.


Five years after the Common Core State Standards were unveiled, many of you might still be stumped by this question: Just how many states have adopted the common core?


House Bill 64, the biennial 2015-17 budget that lawmakers sent to Gov. John Kasich, prohibits the state from purchasing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam


The new block-grant funding system replaced a per-pupil formula. It was signed into law in March.


The ASCD indicators, taken from a range of federal sources, include household educational attainment levels, student-to-school counselor ratios, graduation rates by race, bullying data, and more.


Gov. Bobby Jindal's K-12 record in the Pelican State is heavy on the Republican's varied positions on the Common Core State Standards, and on his support for school choice.


"Some states don't even know what tests they're giving next year," CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich told attendees at a conference about student assessment on June 23.


The Oregon measure makes districts send notices to parents twice a year about their right to opt out of state exams, and about the purpose of the tests.


Earlier this month, the Arkansas board of education voted 7-1 to continue using the PARCC exam, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson is refusing to go along.


The legislation means that Maine will have to search for a new English/language arts and math assessment for the 2015-16 school year.


Data from New York state shows that wealthier districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, but don't bet your life savings on that trend.


Can districts use the extra cash for high-needs students for across-the-board teacher-salary increases, rather than targeted increases for some teachers?


A Smarter Balanced testing vendor has released completion rates in three states that had serious challenges giving the common-core aligned exam.


The formula would provide additional funding for individual students from low-income backgrounds, as well as for students in districts with large concentrations of poverty.


A Louisiana court has ruled against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in his attempt to block state testing aligned with the Common Core State Standards.


Unlike fellow Republican Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a sitting public official and common-core supporter who has parried a variety of attacks on the standards.


Bush, who served two terms as Florida governor before leaving the office in 2007, has perhaps the most extensive and complicated track record in education among all the Republican candidates.


The final budget allocates a $525 million increase for public schools, compared to the $400 million increase legislators sent the governor in a budget he vetoed in May.


The Arkansas Times reported that the board's 7-1 vote not to switch to the ACT Aspire test for 2015-16 school year was a "surprising rebuke" of Gov. Asa Hutchinson.


The great Commentary team at Education Week has put together a comprehensive package on perhaps the most controversial political movement in education right now.


In its majority opinion, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated, "[T]he Judiciary is ill-suited to enter into the political decision making that accompanies the balancing of competing spending priorities."


Gov. Scott Walker was keen to tout his K-12 record in Wisconsin in a recent Iowa newspaper. But what are the facts, and how does the Badger State stack up to the nation?


Do high schools' course requirements match up with minimum admissions standards in states' higher education systems? And do all states even have definitions of "college ready"?


Arkansas was one of 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, to use the PARCC test in the 2014-15 school year.


Are prominent school funding advocates satisfied that states are now giving schools robust and well-targeted financial support? Not even close.


Back in 1998, South Carolina decided to give its new standards some bite by holding students and schools more accountable through standardized tests.


A provision of the state education budget signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would cut off funding for the Smarter Balanced exam and require a new test for the next school year.


Five years after it was unveiled in Suwanee, Ga., the common core has created two parallel channels of reaction: one among its cheerleaders, and another among its critics.


On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.


If signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is a school choice proponent, parents will be able to use the per-pupil funding earmarked for their child toward nonpublic school expenses.


Ritz has repeatedly clashed with members of the state school board, Republicans lawmakers who control the state legislature, as well as Gov. Mike Pence.


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