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April 13, 2011

UPDATED: A Deal to Restore Texas 'Edujobs' Money?

Texas would be able to secure $830 million in federal emergency education aid under the federal budget deal now working its way through Congress.

April 12, 2011

Voucher Proposal on Tap in Pennsylvania

The legislation is one of several measures to private taxpayer funds to cover students' private school tuitions under debate in statehouses this year.

April 11, 2011

State Pension Woes: Not as Bad as They Seem?

Making changes to pension systems isn't a cure-all for state budget woes, and in fact won't be of much help in the short term, argues one conservative author.

April 09, 2011

Education Job Losses a Guessing Game in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to cut state spending on schools over the next two year. Some say the result of those cuts will be massive school layoffs, but others say those fears are exaggerated.

April 08, 2011

Sizing Up School Layoffs Across the States

Estimates of coming school layoffs, if projected state budget cuts go through, range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands, depending on the state.

April 07, 2011

The Bills Are Law, but the Fight Goes On in Ohio, Wisconsin

Republicans von legislative victories in Ohio and Wisconsin to strip teachers of many collective bargaining rights. But those measures now face legal and political challenges.

April 06, 2011

Facing the Funding Cliff

States and school districts are finally reaching the "funding cliff"--the point at which $100 billion in economic stimulus money runs out. Many are expected to be forced to make major cuts to programs and personnel.

April 06, 2011

UPDATED: A Wisconsin State Supreme Court Race, with a National Following

The race between incumbent Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg is being billed as a fight over Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law.

April 05, 2011

Will States Hold the Line on Tax Hikes? History Says No

A new analysis shows that states tend to raise taxes at the end of recessions, in an effort to recover lost revenue. Will lawmakers and governors do the same in 2011?

April 04, 2011

Changing Teacher Tenure and Pay, the Minnesota Edition

Minnesota lawmakers consider legislation that would loosen requirements for superintendents to lay off newly hired teachers first. The measure also seeks to prevent further adoption of Common Core standards.

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