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December 14, 2011

Districts Sue Over School Texas School Funding System

A school-funding lawsuit filed by MALDEF, an advocacy system for Latino communities, comes the same year that Texas lawmakers imposed major budget cuts on K-12.

December 13, 2011

N.J. State School Chief Waits to Have His Job Made Official

Christopher Cerf, who was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's choice to serve as state schools chief, awaits confirmation by the state Senate.

December 07, 2011

Shifting Prospects, Shifting Politics on School Funding?

Officials in Montana and South Dakota say the budget picture has improved, which could help schools. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is now pledging to support school, funding, after making major cuts to K-12.

December 05, 2011

Setting a Higher Standard for Teacher Entry in Iowa

As part of a package of education proposals, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wants to set a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for admission to state teacher colleges.

November 30, 2011

Report Ranks Districts on Promoting School Choice, Competition

New York, Chicago, and Duval County, Fla., score well on a ranking of districts that provide students with access to school choice and competition. Orange County, and Miami, Fla., Dallas, and Philadelphia, among others, fare poorly.

November 29, 2011

Gauging Public Opinion on Tax Hikes for Schools? Good Luck

A pair of polls, out of California and Pennsylvania, would seem to indicate public support for spending more on education. But voters' appetite for tax hikes for K-12 is hard to predict.

November 29, 2011

Nearly 20 States Made Midyear Cuts to K-12, Report Finds

State budgets are improving, albeit slowly, according to a new report, but the gains weren't strong enough to avoid mid-year cuts to K-12, which were made by 18 states.

November 28, 2011

Iowa Governor to Wait on Teacher Pay Plan, Build Support

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will wait a year before trying to pass his tiered pay plan for teachers, saying he wants to build support for his proposal.

November 18, 2011

Top Staffer at National Governors' Group Leaving Post

Dane Linn, who helped lead the effort to establish common academic standards at the National Governors Association, is leaving his post to join the College Board.

November 17, 2011

N.Y.'s Cuomo Broke School Funding Promises, Group Contends

A report by a pair of organizations that advocate for equitable school funding argues that impoverished schools have suffered the most in New York governor Andrew Cuomo's budget.

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