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August 26, 2015

What Great Political Theorist Does Your State Govern Like?

A report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the current trend in most states is toward greater state control, but there's no one best way to govern.

August 24, 2015

Report: State-Run Districts Disenfranchise Blacks, Latinos

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools asserts that state takeovers and state-run achievement districts increase segregation and dismantle community schools.

August 21, 2015

With State Backing, Vermont School Districts Are Exploring Consolidation

As public school enrollment falls, the state of Vermont is urging school districts to consider mergers.

August 13, 2015

Wash. St. Supreme Court Levies $100,000 Daily Fine on State Over K-12 Spending

School funding has been a contentious issue in Washington state since 2012, when the state Supreme Court ruled that the state was not meeting its constitutional duty with respect to K-12 spending.

August 12, 2015

N.Y. Opt-Out Rate Hits 20 Percent on Common-Core Tests

It's the third year that New York state students have taken tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

August 11, 2015

Do Not Mess With School Funds, Alabama Schools Chief Warns Lawmakers

If you thought state education budgets were safe once lawmakers shut down their regular legislative sessions, think again.

August 11, 2015

Principals Tell Scott Walker: Your War on 'Big Government' Isn't Helping Schools

A group of 35 principals from the southern Wisconsin area wrote to Gov. Scott Walker arguing that in the current policy and political climate, districts simply don't have enough power.

August 10, 2015

Not Putting on the Ritz: Indiana Schools Chief Drops Out of Governor's Race

Ritz announced she was pulling out of the race in order to focus on a bid for a second term as state superintendent. Indiana's gubernatorial election is next year.

August 06, 2015

Students Need Not Meet Common-Core Test's Cut Score to Graduate in Wash. St.

To be considered ready for credit-bearing college work, students should score at levels 3 or 4, but the state school board set a different minimum score to earn a diploma.

August 05, 2015

High Expulsion Rates, Lower Test Scores for Oregon English-Language Learners

"Disciplinary actions that take students out of the classroom can make it more difficult for them to stay on track to graduate," a Regional Education Laboratory report stated.

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