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April 16, 2015

Former Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith Picked as New Illinois Chief

Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

April 13, 2015

Where's the GOP Pushback to Wisc. Gov. Walker's K-12 Agenda?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is pushing for cuts to K-12 spending and other policy changes in his biennial budget, but how are his various priorities progressing in the legislature?

April 09, 2015

Florida Votes to Cut Tests, Lower Exams' Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The passage of the bill is the culmination of months of pressure in Florida to reduce the amount of testing as well as its consequences students, teachers and schools.

April 09, 2015

Louisiana Chief: Jindal Using Budget Cuts to Hamstring Common-Core Testing

Superintendent John White has told lawmakers that Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget cut would undermine the state's testing program and cause "chaos" for the state's public schools.

April 08, 2015

What Are Some Juicy State-Policy Tidbits From the Senate ESEA Rewrite?

Key state-level groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's proposed rewrite of federal education law unveiled on April 7. What are some details?

April 07, 2015

Fla. Senate OKs Testing Reduction; State Common-Core Exam's Validity Questioned

On April 3, senators voted to place a 45-hour cap on the amount of time students could spend on state-authorized, standardized tests every year.

April 02, 2015

Hello McFly! What Ever Happened to Kentucky's Landmark 1990 K-12 Law?

In 1990, Kentucky adopted a sweeping K-12 policy overhaul to fix what the state Supreme Court ruled the previous year was an invalid system of public schools.

April 01, 2015

Four States Could Begin Preschool Programs This Year; More Early-Ed News

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota could begin offering state preschool services this year, while Texas and Oregon are also considering major initiatives in early education.

March 30, 2015

Judge Tosses Out Anti-Common-Core Lawsuit from Gov. Jindal, Legislators

On March 30, District Court Judge Tim Kelley dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state school board violated Louisiana law in adopting the common core.

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