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June 11, 2015

Arkansas Board Rejects Switch From PARCC to ACT, Defying Gov. Hutchinson

The Arkansas Times reported that the board's 7-1 vote not to switch to the ACT Aspire test for 2015-16 school year was a "surprising rebuke" of Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

June 10, 2015

N.J. High Court Slams 'Broken Promises,' But Lets State Skip Pension Payments

In its majority opinion, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated, "[T]he Judiciary is ill-suited to enter into the political decision making that accompanies the balancing of competing spending priorities."

June 10, 2015

Reading, Common Core, and Choice: Dissecting Gov. Walker's Education C.V.

Gov. Scott Walker was keen to tout his K-12 record in Wisconsin in a recent Iowa newspaper. But what are the facts, and how does the Badger State stack up to the nation?

June 08, 2015

Arkansas Poised to Drop PARCC's Common-Core Test in Favor of ACT

Arkansas was one of 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, to use the PARCC test in the 2014-15 school year.

June 01, 2015

In Nod to Florida, Texas Lawmakers Approve A-F Grades for Schools

On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.

June 01, 2015

Indiana Chief Glenda Ritz to Run for Governor in 2016, Reports Say

Ritz has repeatedly clashed with members of the state school board, Republicans lawmakers who control the state legislature, as well as Gov. Mike Pence.

May 28, 2015

Gov. Christie Repudiates Common Core, Wants 'New Jersey-Based' Standards

"It's time to have standards that are even higher," Gov. Chris Christie, a former common-core supporter, said in a May 28 speech.

May 28, 2015

Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki Will Seek White House; Focused on Charters, Choice

During his three terms at Empire State governor, George Pataki pushed to raise charter school caps, change funding, and create a tax-credit scholarship program.

May 27, 2015

Louisiana Common-Core Compromise Progresses, But Uncertainty Tags Along

Louisiana's compromise concerning the Common Core State Standards is moving ahead in the state legislature, but it hasn't crossed the finish line or cleared other hurdles.

May 20, 2015

Minnesota Heads to Special Session Over Education Aid, Joining Washington St.

The Minnesota legislature is heading to a special session over education funding, after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a spending bill that he said was inadequate.

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