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January 24, 2012

Twelve Education Issues to Watch in 2012

State are likely to pay a lot of attention to early grades instruction, trying to do more with less money, and common standards implementation, among other issues, an education policy group predicts.

January 20, 2012

Jindal Pushing Vouchers, Changes to Teacher Performance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for a major expansions of private school vouchers in his state, and proposing eliminating many teacher job protections -- a step taken by a number of other states.

January 10, 2012

Florida Governor Asks Lawmakers to Boost School Spending

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes new spending on schools, but Democrats say his plans won't make up for deep cuts imposed last year.

December 14, 2011

Medicaid Eats Up More of State Budgets, While Education Slips

Medicaid is consumer a larger share of state spending, while the portion going to K-12 education has fallen, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.

December 14, 2011

Districts Sue Over School Texas School Funding System

A school-funding lawsuit filed by MALDEF, an advocacy system for Latino communities, comes the same year that Texas lawmakers imposed major budget cuts on K-12.

December 12, 2011

Colorado Judge Rules Against State's School Funding Model

A Colorado state judge declares the system's of state funding unconstitutional. Her ruling seems likely to be appealed.

November 29, 2011

Nearly 20 States Made Midyear Cuts to K-12, Report Finds

State budgets are improving, albeit slowly, according to a new report, but the gains weren't strong enough to avoid mid-year cuts to K-12, which were made by 18 states.

November 21, 2011

A Resource on School Choice, Teacher Certification, and More

The top research arm of the U.S. Department of Education offers a database with information on state policies on school finance, teacher quality, school choice, testing, and other areas.

November 15, 2011

Teacher Layoff Numbers Overstated? Survey Suggests 'Yes'

A survey of 74 school districts finds they laid off only about 2.5 percent of their teachers over the past two years, despite absorbing serious budget cuts, while cutting central office staff.

November 11, 2011

Wisconsin Cuts Resulted in School Job Losses, Survey Shows

A survey of Wisconsin school districts finds budget cuts imposed by Gov. Scott Walker resulted in roughly 4,000 school job losses. Walker says those numbers are misleading, and that his cost-control policies are working.

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