A leading California budget analyst praises Gov. Jerry Brown's prudence in his K-12 spending and overall budget, while warning against over-exuberance regarding the state's improving fiscal climate.

State lawmakers are considering a ballot initiative on school funding that critics say is merely designed to block a citizen-sponsored measure up for voter approval this November.

In a 400-page draft bill, Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the U.S. Senate HELP committee, outlined two possible courses for an ESEA rewrite regarding testing.

The political bickering over teacher ratings in the Empire State is slated to continue in 2015, but the evaluations aren't just intended for the eyes of state officials.

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

Brown also released a proposal to cut down on the state's long-term retiree health care costs in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal.

"It is just imperative to us, to each and every one of us, that we have a check on our students and their academic performance every year," said Maryland chief Lillian Lowery.

Will the Common Core State Standards survive despite opposition rhetoric, or was 2014 just the start of growing backlash to the standards?

"The whooshing water sounds from classroom bathrooms, they feared, might disturb test-taking classmates and send their focus, and their scores, spiraling down the drain."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said more rigorous expectations for students were important, but not the only consideration for stronger schools.


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