The Thomas B. Fordham Institute releases its blueprint for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. It calls for more competitive funding to states and schools, and more flexiblity on how states can meet high academic goals.

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, considered a Republican presidential hopeful, signs into law a measure curbing teachers' collective bargaining rights.

A standoff between Oklahoma's state schools chief and the board of education has resulted in two top aides in the department being paid through a nonprofit foundation.

The group "Chiefs for Change," an effort by top state education officials to promote stronger testing, standards, teacher evaluation, and school choice, adds five more members.

Most of the attention in the $4 billion federal Race to the Top competition has focused on contentious efforts to create new approaches to paying and evaluating teachers, develop charter schools, and create common standards. But the states that won the $4 million competition are also using the money to experiment with other, smaller-scale efforts to improve schools.

Governors in several states are pursuing proposals that would give them more power over school issues, in some cases by removing it from state boards or consolidating agencies.

Georgia, which walked away a $400 million winner in the Race to the Top competition, has used a portion of its award to create a mini-competition among its districts and schools.

Illinois lawmakers, teachers' unions, and advocacy groups are touting a deal that they say will make it easier for districts to hire and retain qualified teachers, and dismiss poor-performing ones.

Texas would be able to secure $830 million in federal emergency education aid under the federal budget deal now working its way through Congress.

The legislation is one of several measures to private taxpayer funds to cover students' private school tuitions under debate in statehouses this year.


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