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February 14, 2012

Two New England States Hold Off on Waivers, for Now

New Hampshire and Maine have decided not to apply for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, citing concerns about the impact on rural schools.

February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers Point to National Curriculum, Report Argues

A report by former counsels to the U.S. Department of Education under George W. Bush says the Obama administration's waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act promote a national curriculum.

February 07, 2012

State Ed. Agencies Make Cuts, but Protect Key Areas

State education agencies faced major cuts in 2011-2012, but also sought to keep an adequate number of personnel focused on important tasks, such as developing common-core standards and new teacher evaluation systems,

January 31, 2012

Governors' Organization Names New Education Official

Richard Laine, a former official at the Wallace Foundation, has been named the education director of the Center on Best Practices at the National Governors Association, which played a lead role in developing common academic standards across states.

January 27, 2012

N.C. Gov. Rules Out Second Term, Redoubles Focus on Education

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announces she won't run for re-election, after having fought often during her first term with state Republicans over school funding.

January 26, 2012

Jeb Bush to GOP: Appeal to Hispanics on Education Issues

The former Florida governor says Republican politicians can win over Hispanic voters by focusing on school choice, digital education, and other ideas the GOP supports.

January 26, 2012

Battling Over Vouchers, and Rhetoric in Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal's rhetoric in promoting his school voucher plan angers teachers union leaders, though the governor says the labor organizations' criticism is misguided.

January 25, 2012

New Poll Shows Support for California Governor's Tax Plan

A poll shows broad support for California Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise taxes to support public education, but voters are also deeply skeptical of government's ability to spend wisely.

January 23, 2012

Florida Unveils New Grades for School Districts

Florida' state education commissioner, Gerard Robinson, says a new grading system will provide more information to parents and taxpayers on the strengths and weaknesses of school districts.

January 20, 2012

Jindal Pushing Vouchers, Changes to Teacher Performance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for a major expansions of private school vouchers in his state, and proposing eliminating many teacher job protections -- a step taken by a number of other states.

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