Facing K-12 Budget Crunch, Washington Governor Proposes Capital-Gains Tax

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


States Using Common Core Face Challenge Communicating With Public, GAO Reports

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.


GAO Projects Worrisome Long-Term Fiscal Outlook for State, Local Budgets

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.


Dean of Tennessee Teacher-Prep Program Picked as New State K-12 Chief

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.


Staying Close to Home, Missouri Picks Deputy Commissioner as New K-12 Chief

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


In New Funding System, 'At-Risk' Students Deserve More, Says Michigan State Board

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.


School Finance News Roundup from Maryland, Washington State, and More

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


Plan to Let Districts Opt Out of Common Core Floated by Wis. Lawmakers

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


Reactions to John King's Departure From New York Reveal Sharp Divide

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.


Push to Reduce Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations Announced by Tenn. Governor

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.


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