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December 12, 2012

Tony Bennett Named New Florida Education Chief

The Florida Board of Education named former Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett as the new education commissioner on Dec. 12.

November 07, 2012

Tax Hike Passes in California, K-12 Dodges Cuts

California voters approved new taxes on wealthy residents, sparing K-12 from $4.8 billion in projected; they also rejected curbs on union and corporation political spending.

October 15, 2012

Teachers United, and Apart, in Washington State

The Washington Education Association is mobilizing for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and against charters in that state, but a small group of teachers believe the latter is a good idea for the state.

September 25, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker Stands with Union Members...But Which Ones?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called for regular NFL referees (who are union members) to return after a Green Bay loss.

August 03, 2012

New Jersey 'Takeover' Plan: Devious or Clear-Cut?

A school advocacy group in New Jersey says the state has a below-the-radar plan to take over schools and eliminate union contracts, but officials deny the charges of secrecy.

August 02, 2012

Public Skeptical of LIFO and Online Learning, Fordham Survey Finds

A report published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute based on a survey found that the public opposes laying off teachers based on seniority, but is skeptical of online learning.

July 23, 2012

Wisconsin Bargaining: 'What's There to Talk About?'

Wisconsin school boards report that under the new collective bargaining laws that limit what is subject to negotiations with teachers' unions, they are reaching deals in very little time.

June 15, 2012

Union or Non-Union? Inquiring Minds in New Mexico Want to Know

A spokesman for the New Mexico education department said he mistakenly used his personal email account to send information about teachers not covered by collective bargaining contracts to an official with GOP Gov. Susana Martinez's political campaign, but state Democrats are alleging dirty tricks.

June 13, 2012

Idaho Ballot Another Litmus Test for Teachers' Unions?

A ballot referendum fight in Idaho features state superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter against the Idaho Education Association over the faate of new laws related to merit pay and collective bargaining rights.

June 08, 2012

Duncan to Vermont: Department Still 'Open for Business' on Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said his department would welcome Vermont back to the negotiating table after the state dropped its NCLB waiver application; Kentucky's education commissioner Terry Holliday gets a new contract; and a Louisiana teachers' union files two lawsuits challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new education overhaul.

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