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June 01, 2012

How Maine's Governor Connected Teacher Bonuses and Gay Marriage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have provided a salary increase to teachers with national board certification, and blasted the state teachers' union for endorsing gay marriage instead of spending more time on professional development.

May 30, 2012

Rudy Crew No Longer Reluctant to Play Education Politics?

Former New York City and Miami schools chief Rudy Crew will be named Oregon's "Chief Education Officer" by Gov. John Kitzhaber, and will have extensive powers in implementing Kitzhaber's education policies.

May 24, 2012

Union Vote to Approve New Hawaii Teachers' Contract in Vain?

The Hawaii State Teachers Association voted to approve a new contract it had previously rejected that includes student academic growth as a factor in teacher evaluations. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie's position appears to be that the contract is no longer considered a valid agreement by the state.

May 24, 2012

'I Can Make More Generals, But Horses Cost Money'

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

May 22, 2012

Illinois Prepares to Put Kibosh on Controversial Scholarship Program

Illinois appears ready to ditch the legislative scholarships program that has been derided as a patronage plum for the children of friends to state politicians, after legislators approved a ban on the scholarships and sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for his signature.

May 21, 2012

The Changing Face of Ed. Advocacy, Plus Evergreen State News

Stand for Children's Washington state chapter announced May 18 that it was endorsing GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. The group supported Democrats for the most part in recent years, but the group's executive director said McKenna was "incredibly aligned" with Stand for Children's policy goals.

May 15, 2012

Proposed Tax Hike No Longer Mollifies California Ed. Groups

In the wake of news that California's budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion, $6.5 billion more than a January estimate, California education groups are now worried that a proposed take hike in November to fund schools won't be enough to staunch deep cuts.

May 14, 2012

Charters Bills Go Down in Alabama, Mississippi

Charter school proposals in Alabama and Mississippi have gone down to defeat, with the foes ranging from Republican suburbanites in one state to a state teachers' union in another.

May 10, 2012

ALEC's Common Core Vote Now Under Public Microscope

A May 11 vote by the American Legislative Exchange Council on a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards is drawing attention from both foes and champions of the standards.

May 10, 2012

New Mexico Union Votes "No Confidence" in State's Ed. Secretary

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation voted "no confidence" in New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera due to her planned teacher evaluation system and decision to lay off education employees.

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