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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.

March 30, 2012

Oregon Ed. Investment Board Using Achievement 'Compacts'

I did not mention the Oregon Education Investment Board in my March 28 story on governor-driven education legislation in 2012, because the board was actually established through state legislation last year. However, Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber is chairman of that board, and this month the board a...

March 28, 2012

Buffalo Schools Illustrate Difficulties of N.Y. Evaluations

Buffalo is embarking on yet another attempt to reach a teacher evaluation deal that New York state approves in a bid to recover School Improvement Grant money.

March 23, 2012

Maryland General Assembly Passes School Funding Reform

A bill is on the way to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) that would significantly reform the state's maintenance of effort law governing school funding.

March 22, 2012

Education Debate Provokes Nazi Reference in Louisiana

A fight over education legislation in Louisiana being pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has led to one Democrat saying that GOP tactics are reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

March 21, 2012

Full-Day Kindergarten Gets Boost from Indiana Governor

Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a bill appropriating additional state money for full-day kindergarten on a per-student basis.

March 19, 2012

Gov. Herbert Vetoes Abstinence Bill in Utah

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed legislation that would have mandated abstinence-only sex education programs for public school students.

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