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June 24, 2011

Texas Is Not Paying Dues to National Governor's Group, Either

Texas dropped out of CCSSO over the common standards issue, and for years has not been a part of the National Governors Association, which also supports common standards.

June 24, 2011

N.J. Latest State to Move on Pension, Health Care Changes

A bill that would require teachers and many other public workers to pay much more for pensions and health care clears tNew Jersy's General Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie supports it but Democrats are divided.

June 22, 2011

Texas Pulling Out of Council of Chief State School Officers

Texas has pulled out of the Council of Chief State School Officers, an influential Washignton organization helping lead the effort to create common academic standards across states.

June 21, 2011

Virginia's Gerard Robinson Chosen as Florida's Schools Chief

Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson has been named as Florida's new commissioner of education. He replaces Eric J. Smith.

June 20, 2011

Rapid Turnover of State Schools Chiefs Across the Country

Eighteen new state superintendents of education have taken over since the beginning of 2011, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers. The churn comes as states push for major policy changes and face major economic difficulties.

June 17, 2011

Wisconsin Expands Private School Voucher System

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature approved a controversial expansion of the state's existing school-voucher system. Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it.

June 17, 2011

Union Feuds With Top Jersey Democrat Over Pensions

A leading New Jersey teachers' union has strongly criticized Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, over his support for a proposal that would require them to pay more for benefits.

June 16, 2011

Fordham Official: Is America Ready for Rick Perry's Education Policies?

Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute questions whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry's anti-federal government policies would make sense for the nation's schools. Perry has said he's considering a run for president.

June 15, 2011

Parent Triggers Go the Slow Road

More than a dozen states have introduced "parent trigger" laws this year, but only a few of them have made it into law or stand a chance of success during these legislative sessions.

June 14, 2011

Minnesota Schools Face Questions About a Government Shutdown

Minnesota's Democratic governor and Republicans in the legislature are locked in an impasse over the state's budget. The governor wants to close the gap by raising taxes on the top 2 percent of income earners; Republicans want to cut spending.

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