The National Education Association is backing an effort in Idaho to collect enough signatures to have an item placed on the ballot to overturn a collective bargaining law. It's also likely to focus on similiar efforts in other states, including Ohio.

An Idaho teachers' union is launching a petition drive to block a series of new laws that change collective bargaining rights. It's one of a series of legal and political challenges to new laws in the states.

Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Synder, unveiled a plan for sweeping changes in everything from early childhood to school choice and teacher education.

Indiana laymakers have approved a major school voucher bill, which will be sent to the desk of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is the subject of major presidential buzz.

Teach for America, which trains and places young college graduates in schools, will be able to place its teachers in Ohio's schools, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. John Kasich.

Republicans are pushing voucher proposals in states across the country, many of which would dramatically increase public access to private school funds.

Education Sector, a Washington think tank, has created an online tool that allows the public to examine how states are using $3.5 billion in federal School Improvement Grants.

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, that typically looks favorably on school choice, sees a potential financial downside to a measure supported by Gov. Mitch Daniels and Republican lawmakers.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed the creation of a board that would oversee K-12 spending in the state, which has argues would create more coherent policy from early childhood education through college.

Indiana's state Senate has approved a measure that would create access for middle-income families for private-school vouchers. As it stands, it's one of the most ambitious voucher proposals ever offered in the states.


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