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June 20, 2012

States' School Funding a Picture of Stagnant Mediocrity, Report Says

A second report on school funding effort and fairness from the Education Law Center in New Jersey shows that the pervasive problems in education finance in identified 2010 have largely remained unchanged based on data up to 2009.

April 18, 2012

Texas Ed. Funding Trial Kicks Off This Fall

A Texas judge has set a trial date of Oct. 22 for school districts suing the state over $5.4 billion in K-12 education cuts the districts say violate the state's constitution.

March 28, 2012

Buffalo Schools Illustrate Difficulties of N.Y. Evaluations

Buffalo is embarking on yet another attempt to reach a teacher evaluation deal that New York state approves in a bid to recover School Improvement Grant money.

March 28, 2012

Illinois' Koch Paints a Hairy, Scary Scenario

In an effort to describe automatic federal cuts to education looming at the start of 2013, Illinois Superintendent Christopher Koch used a little cryptozoology.

March 21, 2012

Full-Day Kindergarten Gets Boost from Indiana Governor

Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a bill appropriating additional state money for full-day kindergarten on a per-student basis.

March 16, 2012

Calif. Teachers, Gov. Brown Reach Accord on Taxes

The California Federation of Teachers and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal to unite behind a ballot initiative in November on tax increases to fund schools and close a state budget deficit.

March 16, 2012

Minn. House Approves Partial Repayment to Schools

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a plan on March 15 that would use rainy day fund to pay down part of the $2.4 billion debt the state has to its public schools.

February 07, 2012

South Carolina Schools Chief Blasts Draft Pension Rules

Mick Zais, in characteristically strong language, asks U.S. Department of Treasury officials to reject rules that he says could affect charter school employees.

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.

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