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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

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?

March 30, 2015

N.Y. Budget Deal Boosts K-12 Aid, Alters Tenure; Evaluation Changes Loom

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared victory in linking controversial K-12 policy changes to the New York state budget. What are the general details of the agreement?

March 19, 2015

Open Enrollment, Easier Path for National Charter Operators Considered in Fla. Bill

A wide-reaching bill from a Florida senator who previously backed a parent-trigger law would affect open-enrollment and charter school policies.

February 17, 2015

Hanna Skandera Confirmed as New Mexico K-12 Chief After Four Years in Limbo

Skandera was picked to be the top K-12 official in New Mexico in 2011, but until this week her nomination had stalled even as she performed the duties of the office.

February 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Mull Attaching Common-Core Repeal to Budget Bill

Last year, changes to teacher tenure and school choice were tacked onto the state K-12 spending plan. Could the same happen again for a common-core repeal effort this year?

February 02, 2015

Where Did Education Groups Rank in Donations to 2014 State Elections?

The two national teachers' unions both made the top 25 givers to state elections in 2014.

January 22, 2015

New York Gov. Cuomo Ties $1.1 Billion Aid Increase to Sweeping Policy Changes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State speech that, "Our education system needs dramatic reform, and it has for years." What are his plans for K-12 in 2015?

January 05, 2015

R.I. Chief Deborah Gist's Fate Uncertain as Contract-Renewal Deadline Passes

The Rhode Island education commissioner has previously stated she'd like to stay on under the new Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, but Gist's current contract expires in June.

December 30, 2014

Vetoing His Own Teacher-Evaluation Bill, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Faces Union's Wrath

Cuomo had sponsored the bill as a way to create a safety net for teachers, but he has criticized recent teacher ratings that gave most educators high marks.

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