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September 27, 2011

How Would Chris Christie Stack Up vs. Obama on Education?

Speculation persists that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could jump into the presidential race. The Republican governor has praised some of President Obama's education policies, and battled with the leading teachers' union in his state.

September 23, 2011

Washington's Governor, Labor Negotiator

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire takes the unusual step of stepping in to help broker a deal between a teachers' union and a local school districts, to end a strike.

September 22, 2011

States Act on Pensions in 2011, and Teachers Pay More

At least 27 states made changes to state pension systems this year, and about 15 of them are asking public employees to pay more, measures that will affect teachers.

September 22, 2011

Headliner at Jeb Bush Foundation Event: Rupert Murdoch

Media titan Rupert Murdoch, whose corporation is under heavy scrutiny in a phone-hacking scandal, will appear at the national summit of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which is led by Jeb Bush.

September 22, 2011

Idaho Says No to Next Round of Race to Top

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna and Gov. C.L. Otter oppose having the state apply for Race to the Top early learning funds, citing concerns that it will force the state to swallow long-term costs.

September 21, 2011

The Re-Emergence of Open Enrollment

Michigan is considering a major "open enrollment" effort, which would seek to expand public school choice in a state where private school choice has failed to take hold.

September 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Survey Shows Schools Layoffs, Spending of Reserves

Pennsylvania school districts are cutting thousands of jobs, a survey finds, with state officials saying districts have been hurt by the loss of federal stimulus funds.

September 19, 2011

State Revenues Rise Slightly, but Temporary Taxes Expire

For the first time in a decade, states cut taxes more than they increased them, a dropoff caused by the expiration of temporary tax increases, a new report says.

September 14, 2011

Florida Union Challenges Law on Merit Pay, Tenure

The Florida Education Association has said it will file a lawsuit to halt a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott that ends tenure for new hires and implements a merit pay system.

September 13, 2011

Rhee Weighs in on Obama's Schools Plan

Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee offers support for President Obama's school jobs and renovation plans.

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