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June 17, 2015

Johnny on the Spot: Ohio Gov. Kasich, Common Core, and the 2016 Campaign

Unlike fellow Republican Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a sitting public official and common-core supporter who has parried a variety of attacks on the standards.

June 15, 2015

Big K-12 Dog Off the Porch: Jeb Bush Enters 2016 Race With Long Policy C.V.

Bush, who served two terms as Florida governor before leaving the office in 2007, has perhaps the most extensive and complicated track record in education among all the Republican candidates.

June 15, 2015

K-12 Funding Compromise Approved by Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton in Special Session

The final budget allocates a $525 million increase for public schools, compared to the $400 million increase legislators sent the governor in a budget he vetoed in May.

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.

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