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June 01, 2011

Don't Bet on Savings from a Four-Day School Week, ECS Says

One of the most far-reaching options considered by school districts trying to save costs is the move to the four-day school week. But the savings from that option are often overstated, an analysis finds.

May 31, 2011

Wisconsin's Highest Court Next Stop for Bargaining Law

Wisconsin's Supreme Court will hold a hearing on June 6 on the state's controversial law that restricted collective bargaining for most state workers, about two weeks after a circuit court judge declared the law invalid.

May 31, 2011

Perry vs. Obama in 2012 Would Offer Plenty of Intrigue

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's considering a bid for the White House. The Republican's candidacy would almost certain underscore stark contrasts between him and President Obama on the federal role in education.

May 24, 2011

N.J. Supreme Court Orders Funding Boosts for Poor Urban Districts

The New Jersey Supreme Court orders funding restored to the state's poorest urban districts.

May 19, 2011

AFT Calls for End to Pension 'Spiking,' Says Most Benefits Are Fair

The American Federation of Teachers calls for changes in pensions that will control their costs, such as double-dipping. But it also says some of the rhetoric about high pension costs for taxpayers are overblown.

May 18, 2011

Idaho Schools Chief Warns Against Using School Resources for Politics

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has issued a memo warning teachers, administrators, and others against using school grounds for political purposes. The state's leading teachers' union says it is being targeted by the proposal

May 17, 2011

A More Optimistic Budget Outlook in California, Other States

The budget situation in California, and a number of other states, has improved, with more tax revenues than expected rolling in. That could mean more money for K-12.

May 16, 2011

John King Named Education Commissioner in New York

John King, a 36-year-old Brooklyn native, has been named New York's next education commisioner. He will be the first African-American and Puerto Rican to hold the job.

May 16, 2011

A Primer on Class-Size Reductions, from Brookings

A report from the Brookings Institution says that state lawmakers, when considering class size reductions, may want to consider keeping them low among disadvantaged students at early grades.

May 13, 2011

A Dust-Up, Then Peace, Between Diane Ravitch, Deborah Gist

A meeting between Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and education historian Diane Ravitch produces controversy, but both sides are now taking a conciliatory tack.

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