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January 25, 2011

Rhode Island Group Lobbies to Keep State Board, and Deborah Gist

A group called RI-CAN enlists current and former public officials, including Jeb Bush and Andres Alonso, to keep the composition of the state's board of education and keep state schools chief Deborah Gist in her job.

January 24, 2011

Would an Expansion of Florida Vouchers Stand Up in Court?

Would Florida's constitution allow a voucher-style program to go forward? Opponents of such a measure say no, and even some voucher supporters are skeptical.

January 21, 2011

Unions Facing Tough Outlook in State Capitals

Teachers' unions are on the defensive in many state legislative sessions this year. A pair of union officials, John Stocks and Mary Bell, gave me their thoughts.

January 19, 2011

UPDATED: The Costs of Class-Size Reductions in Florida

Florida schools and districts face potentially big penalties for not complying with a mandate to cap class sizes, even as policymakers in other parts of the country contemplate allowing class sizes to rise.

January 18, 2011

Governors and Lawmakers Target Spending, School Mandates

In several states, governors and lawmakers, many of them Republicans, are vowing to cut state spending, which could affect K-12.

January 14, 2011

Battle over Preschool Takes Shape in Iowa

A Republican proposal would scale back a statewide preschool program created by Iowa's previous, Democratic governor.

January 12, 2011

States Look to Change Teacher Pension Systems

Personnel costs—salaries and benefits—make up a huge portion of school budgets, and they're difficult to cut. At the state level, elected officials are determined to bring down the costs of pensions, in particular.

January 11, 2011

Bill Honig Withdraws Name as Calif. Governor's Appointee

Bill Honig had been appointed to the California state board of education by new Gov. Jerry Brown, despite a past criminal conviction. Honig withdrew his name on Monday, and was replaced by Ilene Straus, an assistant school superintendent.

January 10, 2011

UPDATED: Brown's Budget Brings Massive Cuts, but Spares K-12 Education

Newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown calls for "vast and historic" reductions in state spending, but he pledges to protect K-12 schools.

January 10, 2011

Feds Offer Race to Top Guidance to Winning States

Federal officials say states will be expected to keep participating unions and school districts on board their Race to the Top plans, and they'll be held to the academic goals they promised to meet.

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