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January 13, 2014

Michigan, Texas, and S.C. Give Biggest Boosts to Pre-K Spending, ECS Reports

Only three states decreased their prekindergarten spending in the fiscal 2014 year, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

January 10, 2014

Indiana's Common-Core 'Pause' Might Grow Longer, and Other Testing News

In addition to a legislator's call for more time to review the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, a Maryland lawmaker would conditionally prohibit its statewide assessment from being administered this spring.

January 09, 2014

More Ethics Woes for Wyoming's Hill as Accountant Alleges Improper Payments

As she begins her run for governor, the Wyoming superintendent faces the possibility of impeachment by lawmakers due to possible misconduct.

January 08, 2014

Florida Will Not 'Punt' on Common-Core Tests, Commish Stewart Tells Lawmakers

Florida K-12 chief Pam Stewart also told state lawmakers that any changes to the common core in the state won't impact the test that's ultimately selected.

January 08, 2014

N.Y. Assembly Speaker: 'Case Has Been Made' for Common Core Delay

Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, argued that the Common Core State Standards were imposed improperly on teachers and other education officials without the proper support.

January 07, 2014

Maine Gov. LePage Nominates Maine Interim K-12 Chief Rier to Top Spot

Jim Rier is currently Maine's acting commissioner, and has worked at the state department since 2003, when he became its director of finance and operations.

January 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Issues in N.C. Highlight Potential Trouble in States

The North Carolina state board is considering assessment options for the common core, but state lawmakers will also have a say, and are studying the issue.

December 31, 2013

Top 10 State K-12 Blog Posts in 2013: From Common Core to Michelle Rhee

Many of the most popular blog posts for State EdWatch in 2013 concerned the common core, while others Involved big names like Arne Duncan, Tony Bennett, and Michelle Rhee.

December 26, 2013

Arizona Department Seeks Moratorium on A-F Accountability, Reading Retention

The Arizona department says it doesn't make sense to make decisions about school accountability and reading retention until a new "baseline" is set in 2014-15.

December 24, 2013

Won't See You Next Year: Unlikely Common-Core Headlines for 2014

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

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