September 2016 Archives

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan issued a ruling earlier this month that bans schools from starting before Labor Day although they are allowed to get waivers.

The court ruled unconstitutional the way the state funds the program, which gives students tax money to spend on private school tuition.

More than half of the proposed English/language arts and math standards are different from those it previously adopted under the Common Core State Standards.

Michael Martirano led the state's schools through dramatic budget cuts, academic challenges, and a state-versus-local battle over school construction.

The state fought accusations that tax cuts have left districts $800 million short of the necessary amount of money to properly educate students.

The state's highest court will hear an appeal to a lower court judge's sweeping order that the state fix disparities between its poor and wealthier students.

GOP nominee Donald Trump has bashed the Common Core, even though, the federal government can no longer encourage states to adopt specific standards.

This story was written by Emmanuel Felton and originally posted on the Teacher Beat blog. In the latest battle between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the state's teachers union, the governor has asked the state's highest court to use a landmark 1985 decision to upend teacher- tenure protections in 31 low-income school districts around the state. Asserting that despite $100 billion in additional state aid, little progress has been made in those districts, the administration is asking the court to release the state from a previously ordered school-funding formula and let the Commissioner of Education override state teacher-tenure protections ...

Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Paul Sagan recently donated $100,000 to a campaign to expand charter schools in the state.

A judge said the state's funding formula, teacher evaluation system, standards and special education services were all inadequate and gave the legislature six months to come up with reforms.

During a lively press conference, Republican Gov. Chris Christie promoted his new funding formula proposal, signed several bills, and lambasted the state's teachers union.

With David Hespe's resignation, announced Friday, New Jersey has had five education commissioners in the last seven years.

Teachers opposed the plan because they said it was an effort to kill a ballot measure that would provide $5,000 pay raises and that the state wouldn't be able to afford their salaries in future years.


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