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April 07, 2014

Kansas Budget Overhaul Includes Changes to School Choice, Teacher Tenure Policies

A school-finance package approved by Kansas lawmakers in response to a court ruling gives districts greater flexibility if they seek local tax increases.

March 24, 2014

Arizona Supreme Court: School-Choice Savings Accounts Can Continue

The highest court in Arizona has declined to review a ruling from a lower court last year that upheld a savings account program using state per-student funding.

January 28, 2014

Minnesota Clings Onto Top Spot in NAPCS Charter Law Rankings; Ind., Miss. Rise

The composition of the ten states with the strongest charter-school law didn't change much, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

January 14, 2014

On Michelle Rhee's Latest State-Policy Report Card, No 'A' Grades Once Again

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

January 09, 2014

Del. Chief Murphy Justifies Joining Chiefs for Change: 'Driven By a Desire to Learn'

Mark Murphy told a state representative that he wouldn't always agree with the group, but that he viewed his membership as a way to help drive major change in Delaware.

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 16, 2013

South Carolina Superintendent Zais Won't Seek Second Term in 2014

Zais pushed for expanded school choice in South Carolina and also expressed consistent opposition to the Common Core State Standards.

September 26, 2013

New Mississippi K-12 Chief Carey Wright Has D.C., Md. Background

Mississippi has chosen Carey Wright, a former administrator in D.C. and Maryland public schools, to be its new state superintendent.

August 29, 2013

Second Lawsuit Targets Alabama School Choice Law

A second lawsuit in under two weeks, this one backed by a state teachers' union, is challenging the new tax-credit scholarship program in Alabama.

August 27, 2013

U.S. Justice Department: Some La. Districts Shouldn't Get Vouchers

The federal government is seeking to prevent future vouchers from being awarded in Louisiana districts under desegregation orders.

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