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May 09, 2012

Connecticut Passes Ed. Package: Bloop Single or Home Run?

Connecticut lawmakers approved several changes to the state's public schools proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, although some of his most controversial proposals, such as eliminating current teachers union contracts, were not among them.

May 09, 2012

2010 Again: Barrett Wins Wisconsin Dem. Primary to Face Walker

Tom Barrett, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to GOP Gov. Scott Walker, has won the right to a rematch on June 5 by winning the May 8 state Democratic primary poll.

May 04, 2012

California Ed. Experts Say 2007 Optimism Was "Clearly Unwarranted."

A new study of California public schools from 2007 to 2011 paints a fairly grim picture that includes "small progress" but major challenges remaining. Among the findings is that the state's per-pupil spending in K-12 dropped by $522, a 6 percent slump.

May 03, 2012

Alphabet Soup of National, State, Local Groups Call for ESEA Reauthorization

A May 3 letter from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and other groups urges Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act before the 112th Congress adjourns.

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.

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