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June 30, 2015

Washington State Has a K-12 Budget Deal, But Will the Court Like It?

Lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Inslee a 2015-17 biennial budget that includes a $1.3 billion increase for K-12. But will that figure satisfy the state's top court?

June 29, 2015

Ohio Poised to Ditch PARCC Common-Core Test in Budget Sent to Gov. Kasich

House Bill 64, the biennial 2015-17 budget that lawmakers sent to Gov. John Kasich, prohibits the state from purchasing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam

June 23, 2015

Testing Opt-Out Bill Signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; Delaware Next?

The Oregon measure makes districts send notices to parents twice a year about their right to opt out of state exams, and about the purpose of the tests.

June 17, 2015

Johnny on the Spot: Ohio Gov. Kasich, Common Core, and the 2016 Campaign

Unlike fellow Republican Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a sitting public official and common-core supporter who has parried a variety of attacks on the standards.

June 15, 2015

K-12 Funding Compromise Approved by Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton in Special Session

The final budget allocates a $525 million increase for public schools, compared to the $400 million increase legislators sent the governor in a budget he vetoed in May.

June 10, 2015

N.J. High Court Slams 'Broken Promises,' But Lets State Skip Pension Payments

In its majority opinion, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated, "[T]he Judiciary is ill-suited to enter into the political decision making that accompanies the balancing of competing spending priorities."

June 03, 2015

Missouri Drops Smarter Balanced Common-Core Exam

A provision of the state education budget signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would cut off funding for the Smarter Balanced exam and require a new test for the next school year.

June 02, 2015

The Five Stages of Common Core on the Standards' 5th Anniversary

Five years after it was unveiled in Suwanee, Ga., the common core has created two parallel channels of reaction: one among its cheerleaders, and another among its critics.

June 01, 2015

In Nod to Florida, Texas Lawmakers Approve A-F Grades for Schools

On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.

June 01, 2015

Choice Program Open to All Public School Parents Approved by Nevada Lawmakers

If signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is a school choice proponent, parents will be able to use the per-pupil funding earmarked for their child toward nonpublic school expenses.

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