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June 14, 2016

Kansas AG Asks State Supreme Court to Back Down on School-Closure Threat

State's legislators are preparing for a June 23 special session where they will attempt to address a court order to make the K-12 funding formula more equitable.

June 08, 2016

Vermont Consolidation Effort Profiled by NewsHour Fails

By consolidating some of the state's 280 school districts state officials are hoping to save millions of dollars and give students in small towns greater access to academically rigorous programs and more electives like the arts.

April 13, 2016

Maryland Legislators Reduce Test Time for Kindergartners

Teachers complained that the assessment, which observed students' social skills and word development, took too much time and was developmentally inappropriate.

April 08, 2016

California PTA Pushes For More Parent Engagement Funding

A bill would require districts to make parent-engagement plans that are research-based and explain how many families would be reached with one-time funds.

March 29, 2016

Spat Between Arizona Superintendent and State Board Roils On

The state's governor-appointed board of education continues to feud with Arizona's elected schools superintendent over who's in charge.

March 28, 2016

Here's an Early Look at Education Legislation Proposed This Year

According to a National Conference of State Legislatures analysis, state legislators have proposed more than 500 bills dealing with standards, assessment, accountability, and other matters.

March 10, 2016

Washington Legislatures Pass Bill to Allow for Charter Schools

While charter school advocates are celebrating their hard-fought victory squeezed out of the legislature right before the end of the session, several lawmakers in both chambers raised the specter of a second lawsuit, saying they're not sure the revised law passes constitutional muster.

March 09, 2016

Arizona Set to Provide Districts a 'Menu' of Standardized Tests

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to provide all students in grades 3-8 just the same exam.

February 18, 2016

Washington State Legislature Passes Several Bills to Address Teacher Shortage

Washington is among a handful of states where advocates are using the teacher shortage crisis to push forward their policy agendas.

February 11, 2016

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Block-Grant Funding Formula Unconstitutional

Kansas' highest court deemed the state's block-grant funding formula, adopted in the wake of an earlier court ruling, inequitable and in violation of the state's constitution.

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