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May 12, 2011

Ally of Jeb Bush, John McCain Helping Pawlenty Presidential Campaign

Phil Handy, an influential former Florida state board of education official, is helping Tim Pawlenty's campaign for president. Handy worked on John McCain's 2008 campaign for the White House.

May 10, 2011

A Less-Publicized School Plan from Mitch Daniels

A recent measure signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will switch local school board elections from the spring to the fall.

May 06, 2011

California Teachers' Pension Benefits Not Excessive, Study Says

As debates over public pension systems play out in California and around the country, a new study shows that many workers in the state have quite generous retirement benefits, compared to the private sector. Teachers' benefits? Not as much.

May 05, 2011

Big-Time Budget Standoff in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed placing a series of tax extensions and increases on the ballot, but GOP lawmakers won't budge. Schools could be looking at cuts, as a result.

May 05, 2011

Does New Indiana Voucher Law Squeeze Private School Rights?

A Cato Institute scholars says Indiana's far-reaching voucher law will detract from the academic freedom offered to private schools.

May 05, 2011

Michigan Policy Helped Poor Districts Academically, Not Rich Ones, Study Says

A study finds that a landmark Michigan policy, which sought to create more level funding between rich and poor districts, helped students in the poor districts academically, but appears to have hurt those in wealthier systems.

May 03, 2011

NEA Looks to Put Dollars Behind Ballot Efforts

The National Education Association is backing an effort in Idaho to collect enough signatures to have an item placed on the ballot to overturn a collective bargaining law. It's also likely to focus on similiar efforts in other states, including Ohio.

May 02, 2011

Idaho Petition Drive One of Many Challenges to New Bargaining Laws

An Idaho teachers' union is launching a petition drive to block a series of new laws that change collective bargaining rights. It's one of a series of legal and political challenges to new laws in the states.

April 29, 2011

'Any Time, Any Place' School Choice Plan in Michigan

Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Synder, unveiled a plan for sweeping changes in everything from early childhood to school choice and teacher education.

April 28, 2011

A Voucher Victory in Indiana, a Lawsuit in Idaho

Indiana laymakers have approved a major school voucher bill, which will be sent to the desk of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is the subject of major presidential buzz.

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