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June 06, 2011

Michelle Rhee Hires Democratic Political Insider

Michelle Rhee hires a top Democratic party official to work on her communications efforts. This leads to speculation that she's trying to repair relations with members of her party.

June 06, 2011

Governors Who Pushed K-12 Overhauls See Popularity Slide

Republican governors who pushed for major changes in collective bargaining and teaching have seen their approval ratings slide. Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Rick Scott

June 02, 2011

Idaho's Governor Says He's Ready for Ballot Fight

Idaho passed some the most sweeping changes to teachers' job protections and pay of any state in the country, and now opponents are organizing efforts to try to overturn those laws. Gov. C.L. Otter is vowing to fight to keep the laws in effect.

May 31, 2011

Wisconsin's Highest Court Next Stop for Bargaining Law

Wisconsin's Supreme Court will hold a hearing on June 6 on the state's controversial law that restricted collective bargaining for most state workers, about two weeks after a circuit court judge declared the law invalid.

May 19, 2011

AFT Calls for End to Pension 'Spiking,' Says Most Benefits Are Fair

The American Federation of Teachers calls for changes in pensions that will control their costs, such as double-dipping. But it also says some of the rhetoric about high pension costs for taxpayers are overblown.

May 13, 2011

A Dust-Up, Then Peace, Between Diane Ravitch, Deborah Gist

A meeting between Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and education historian Diane Ravitch produces controversy, but both sides are now taking a conciliatory tack.

May 02, 2011

Idaho Petition Drive One of Many Challenges to New Bargaining Laws

An Idaho teachers' union is launching a petition drive to block a series of new laws that change collective bargaining rights. It's one of a series of legal and political challenges to new laws in the states.

April 20, 2011

Daniels Signs Collective Bargaining Restrictions Into Law

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, considered a Republican presidential hopeful, signs into law a measure curbing teachers' collective bargaining rights.

April 07, 2011

The Bills Are Law, but the Fight Goes On in Ohio, Wisconsin

Republicans von legislative victories in Ohio and Wisconsin to strip teachers of many collective bargaining rights. But those measures now face legal and political challenges.

April 06, 2011

UPDATED: A Wisconsin State Supreme Court Race, with a National Following

The race between incumbent Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg is being billed as a fight over Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law.

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