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October 25, 2011

Ideas for Cutting Teacher Pension Costs for States, Charters

A new report attempts to offer models for states and charter schools to lower the costs of their teacher pension programs, despite the restrictions many charters face in that area.

October 25, 2011

When Governors Talk Education, It's About the Economy, Stupid

A new analyzes governors' rhetoric on education, and finds that they overwhelmingly focus on its importance to the economy, as opposed to its other virtues, such as building individual students' creativity, and increasing civic responsibilty.

October 18, 2011

Alabama Lawmakers Look to Limit Teacher Pension Costs

Alabama is looking to join the list of states that have moved to reduce pension costs for teachers and other employees, the Republican speaker of the House says.

October 17, 2011

Duncan Makes Hard, Partisan Sell for American Jobs Act

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is stumping for President Obama's jobs act, saying GOP calls to cut spending are misguided, from an education and economic standpoint.

October 11, 2011

Texas Districts Sue Over School Funding System

A group of Texas districts argue that deep reductions in state funding approved this year by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry have a disproportionately negative impact on low-funded school systems.

October 10, 2011

Another GOP vs. Teachers' Union Battle Emerges, in Michigan

GOP lawmakers introduce a measure that would forbid school contracts that require teachers to pay union fees, which appears to target the Michigan Education Association.

October 10, 2011

Former McCain Adviser Working for Romney on Education

Phil Handy, a former adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, is helping 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney on education issues.

October 07, 2011

State Ed Advocacy Group, 50CAN, Looks to Expand

A school advocacy group, 50CAN, wants to expand nationally; the organization is one of several education interest groups that are playing an aggressive role in shaping state policy.

October 05, 2011

Teacher Merit Pay Used to Sell 'Issue 2' in Ohio

Supporters of a new Ohio law that puts limits on collective bargaining tout its creation of a merit-pay system for teachers, in a new ad in advance of a repeal vote next month.

October 04, 2011

New Jersey's Christie Not Running for President in 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called himself an ally of President Obama on education, in contrast to White House contenders such as Rick Perry.

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