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May 03, 2012

Poll: Barrett Up in Wisconsin Dem. Primary; General Election Toss-Up

A new poll for the Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial primary on May 8 appears to give Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett the edge over the preferred candidate of the teachers union, Kathleen Falk. A majority also do not favor a gubernatorial pledge to veto a state budget if it does not restore collective bargaining rights.

May 02, 2012

Texas Ed. Commissioner to Step Down After 5 Years

CORRECTED In case you haven't seen it already, it's worth noting on State EdWatch that Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that he will step down from his post on July 2. Reading the Associated Press story, Scott comes across as an education official conscious that he was caugh...

April 26, 2012

Conn.'s Malloy Faces Tough Slog to Win Support on Ed. Plans

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said he would continue to fight for his education proposals, even as poll numbers indicate they don't enjoy strong support, and state lawmakers have moved to water down his new teacher evaluation system.

April 26, 2012

Mixed Views in California on Gov. Brown's Tax Plans

A survey of Californians has found that a majority of residents support Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to help fund public schools, but don't want the sales tax raised for the same purpose.

April 20, 2012

A Chance to Play Education Buzzword Bingo

The Education Commission of the States looks at governors' State of the State speeches from the last several years to see how often education was mentioned, and how often various education terms and phrases were brought up.

April 13, 2012

Dueling Districts in North Carolina Governor's Race?

The two largest school systems in North Carolina could represent touchstones in education debates during the state's gubernatorial election this year.

April 10, 2012

Maryland School Funding Gets Fuzzy After Budget Crack-Up

The failure of Maryland's General Assembly to pass a balanced budget plan Monday could lead to over $200 million in education cuts by the state unless legislators can meet in a special session and approve a new fiscal deal.

April 09, 2012

Walker Signs Abstinence-Only Sex Ed. Bill in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law abstinence-only sex education for students on Thursday, repealing a state law passed in 2010 that required schools to teach the benefits of contraceptives in sex education classes

April 04, 2012

Republican Iowa, Mississippi Governors Irked With GOP Reps

Republican governors in Iowa and Mississippi are sparring with their GOP-controlled legislatures on education issues related to funding and charter schools, respectively.

April 02, 2012

Falk, Not Barrett, Maintains Backing of Wisconsin Teachers

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett created national headlines by jumping into the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on March 30, but the state teachers' union has already agreed to back fellow Democratic candidate Kathleen Falk.

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