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April 21, 2015

Tax-Credit Scholarships Get OK From Texas Senate; House to Follow?

Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.

April 21, 2015

Pa. Court Dismisses Districts' Challenge to State School Funding System

The six districts and other plaintiffs claimed in the suit that the state had given students academic standards to meet, but not the resources to do so.

April 20, 2015

PARCC Opt-Outs Raise Question About Score Validity

There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?

April 20, 2015

Washington Teachers Plan Strikes to Protest State K-12 Funding Proposals

Teachers in the Evergreen State say lawmakers aren't doing enough to satisfy a voter-approved initiative to cut class size and meet other K-12 budget imperatives.

April 16, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Stats: Under 5 Percent for Early Grades, Near 15 Percent for H.S.

New Jersey has attracted a fair bit of media attention over the opt-out issue, but getting hard-and-fast numbers about opt-outs can be a difficult exercise.

April 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

April 09, 2015

Florida Votes to Cut Tests, Lower Exams' Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The passage of the bill is the culmination of months of pressure in Florida to reduce the amount of testing as well as its consequences students, teachers and schools.

April 09, 2015

Louisiana Chief: Jindal Using Budget Cuts to Hamstring Common-Core Testing

Superintendent John White has told lawmakers that Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed budget cut would undermine the state's testing program and cause "chaos" for the state's public schools.

April 09, 2015

N.Y. Regents Boss Claims Too Many Opt-Outs Will Force State Into 'National Test'

N.Y. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch recently claimed that a high testing opt-out rate would force the state into switching tests, but does it hold water?

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