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June 27, 2012

Arizona Reminds Us: Don't Forget Ballot Initiatives!

Arizona's secretary of state rejected a ballot initiative this week that would extend a sales tax increase and earmark much of the money for education, but a group supporting the tax hike said it would challenge that decision in court.

June 21, 2012

Will N.Y. Set a Precedent with Cuomo Evaluation Disclosure Bill?

New York lawmakers are studying a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would allow parents to see performance ratings of their children's teachers, but would otherwise prevent the public from seeing names attached to school employees' performance ratings.

June 15, 2012

Union or Non-Union? Inquiring Minds in New Mexico Want to Know

A spokesman for the New Mexico education department said he mistakenly used his personal email account to send information about teachers not covered by collective bargaining contracts to an official with GOP Gov. Susana Martinez's political campaign, but state Democrats are alleging dirty tricks.

June 15, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Appear to Reach Deal Related to NCLB Waiver

Ohio lawmakers appear to have struck a deal on a package of education legislation pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich that includes a deal on a school grading system crucial to the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

June 13, 2012

Idaho Ballot Another Litmus Test for Teachers' Unions?

A ballot referendum fight in Idaho features state superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter against the Idaho Education Association over the faate of new laws related to merit pay and collective bargaining rights.

June 08, 2012

Duncan to Vermont: Department Still 'Open for Business' on Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said his department would welcome Vermont back to the negotiating table after the state dropped its NCLB waiver application; Kentucky's education commissioner Terry Holliday gets a new contract; and a Louisiana teachers' union files two lawsuits challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new education overhaul.

June 06, 2012

Walker's Statement on Education Will Provide Thrills or Chills

In a statement after his victory in the recall election June 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he was looking forward to addressing "education reform" at a cabinent meeting he hoped to convene the next day.

June 05, 2012

Oregon Update: Castillo Resigns as Superintendent

Oregon superintendent of schools Susan Castillo announced Monday June 4 that she would resign from her position at the end of the month, about a week after the state's governor appointed Rudy Crew as Oregon's new "chief education officer."

June 04, 2012

Public-Employee Unions in Wisconsin: Less Popular than Obama?

Polling in advance of the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election reveals that residents tend to view public-employee unions unfavorably, but also believe that new limitations on collective bargaining in the state have "decreased jobs."

June 04, 2012

Florida's FCAT Responses Include a Stress on Public Relations

The Florida education department rolled out a series of responses to the FCAT scoring controversy last month, including a new parent "call center" and public forums with education commissioner Gerard Robinson. An education advocacy group overseen by former Gov. Jeb Bush also offered the help of a PR firm linked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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