California passes a budget that will create deep budget cuts in the state's university system, and could result in deep reductions to K-12 schools if state revenues don't improve.

An effort to recall Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna failed to get the necessary signatures to have the item placed on the ballot.

Maryland is using federal Race to the Top dollars to introduce teachers and administrators to common standards at educator "academies." It's being billed as the largest professional development program for educators in the state's history.

Texas dropped out of CCSSO over the common standards issue, and for years has not been a part of the National Governors Association, which also supports common standards.

A bill that would require teachers and many other public workers to pay much more for pensions and health care clears tNew Jersy's General Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie supports it but Democrats are divided.

In the 40 states that currently allow charter schools, 24 of them require teachers in those charters to take part in the state pension plan. Many charters offer 401(k) or 403(b)-style plans, in contrast to the defined-benefit plans offered in many states.

Texas has pulled out of the Council of Chief State School Officers, an influential Washignton organization helping lead the effort to create common academic standards across states.

Unlike the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s, states have avoided approving tax hikes during this economic downturn to raise revenue, despite its severity.

Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson has been named as Florida's new commissioner of education. He replaces Eric J. Smith.

Eighteen new state superintendents of education have taken over since the beginning of 2011, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers. The churn comes as states push for major policy changes and face major economic difficulties.


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