Louisiana assistant state superintendent Scott Norton said he is stepping down from his post to oversee work on standards, testing and accountability for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

A report on public education spending from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in fiscal 2010, local-level education funding was higher than state-level funding.

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Iowa a one-year grace period from meeting academic proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind.

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Education approved waivers from No Child Left Behind for Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia.

Texas business leaders are saying the state economy will suffer if critics of new high-stakes standardized tests get their way; Wyoming has started reviewing standards in social studies, science and other subjects; Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a charter school expansion bill; and California passed a budget for next year that relies heavily on a proposed tax increase voters will decide on in November.

Iowa is asking for a "one-year freeze on accountability measures in the federal No Child Left Behind Act after the U.S. Department of Education turned down the state's request for a waiver from the federal law last week.

Arizona's secretary of state rejected a ballot initiative this week that would extend a sales tax increase and earmark much of the money for education, but a group supporting the tax hike said it would challenge that decision in court.

An analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 100 bills related to the Common Core State Standards were introduced in state legislatures in 2012, and 39 were passed into law.

New York lawmakers are studying a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would allow parents to see performance ratings of their children's teachers, but would otherwise prevent the public from seeing names attached to school employees' performance ratings.

A second report on school funding effort and fairness from the Education Law Center in New Jersey shows that the pervasive problems in education finance in identified 2010 have largely remained unchanged based on data up to 2009.


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