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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 16, 2015

Former Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith Picked as New Illinois Chief

Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.

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

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 08, 2015

What Are Some Juicy State-Policy Tidbits From the Senate ESEA Rewrite?

Key state-level groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's proposed rewrite of federal education law unveiled on April 7. What are some details?

April 02, 2015

Hello McFly! What Ever Happened to Kentucky's Landmark 1990 K-12 Law?

In 1990, Kentucky adopted a sweeping K-12 policy overhaul to fix what the state Supreme Court ruled the previous year was an invalid system of public schools.

April 01, 2015

Kentucky Chief Terry Holliday, Key Common-Core Leader, to Retire

Terry Holliday, who has served as the Bluegrass State's top K-12 official since 2009, announced that he will retire from his post on Aug. 31.

March 30, 2015

Judge Tosses Out Anti-Common-Core Lawsuit from Gov. Jindal, Legislators

On March 30, District Court Judge Tim Kelley dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state school board violated Louisiana law in adopting the common core.

March 27, 2015

Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.

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