Polling in advance of the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election reveals that residents tend to view public-employee unions unfavorably, but also believe that new limitations on collective bargaining in the state have "decreased jobs."

The Florida education department rolled out a series of responses to the FCAT scoring controversy last month, including a new parent "call center" and public forums with education commissioner Gerard Robinson. An education advocacy group overseen by former Gov. Jeb Bush also offered the help of a PR firm linked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have provided a salary increase to teachers with national board certification, and blasted the state teachers' union for endorsing gay marriage instead of spending more time on professional development.

Former New York City and Miami schools chief Rudy Crew will be named Oregon's "Chief Education Officer" by Gov. John Kitzhaber, and will have extensive powers in implementing Kitzhaber's education policies.

Eight states have received waivers from No Child Left Behind, the U.S. Department of Education announced May 29. Six of those states are Race to Top grant winners, and all of them have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is attempting to stop states from implementing what the group calls the discredited and potentially illegal practice of separating male and female students into single-sex classrooms.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association voted to approve a new contract it had previously rejected that includes student academic growth as a factor in teacher evaluations. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie's position appears to be that the contract is no longer considered a valid agreement by the state.

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

Illinois appears ready to ditch the legislative scholarships program that has been derided as a patronage plum for the children of friends to state politicians, after legislators approved a ban on the scholarships and sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for his signature.

Stand for Children's Washington state chapter announced May 18 that it was endorsing GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. The group supported Democrats for the most part in recent years, but the group's executive director said McKenna was "incredibly aligned" with Stand for Children's policy goals.


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