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June 30, 2015

Vaccines: California Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Most Exemptions

California joins West Virginia and Mississippi in eliminating broad philosophical exemptions from state vaccine requirements.

June 30, 2015

What Should the Next Version of Accountability Look Like?

Under one vision, states and the federal government would set goals for student achievement, but the states would be able to use any strategies they wanted to get there.

June 09, 2015

Oregon Opt-Out Bill Could Lead to Loss of Federal Dollars, Ed. Dept. Warns

The state's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that would inform parents twice a year of their right to exempt children from standardized tests.

June 04, 2015

School Violence: Colorado Schools Can Now Be Held Liable for Attacks, Shootings

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that waives government immunity for schools in the event of shootings or other forms of violence.

June 01, 2015

Achievement Gaps on State Tests Remain Wide for Students with Disabilities

Students in special education perform 32 to 40 percentage points behind their peers, and those gaps have remained fairly steady for at least six school years, according to a recent analysis.

June 01, 2015

Five Trends Demand Smart States

Innovation is sustained by advocacy and policy, and that makes the role of state leadership and policy essential. In this blog we explore how governors, education chiefs, and policy makers should go about creating conditions that could help more young people develop critical think, communication, collaboration, creativity, and competitiveness.

April 21, 2015

Ed. Dept. Cautions Districts About 'Forcing' Parents Into Due Process

Public agencies, including school districts, should avoid filing due process complaints about issues that are currently under investigation by the state, says a recent "Dear Colleague" letter from the Education Department.

April 14, 2015

School Violence: Colorado Debates If Schools Should Be Held Liable For Attacks

Should schools be held liable for violent attacks? A proposal in Colorado is sparking debates about risk assessment, spending priorities, and safety efforts.

April 02, 2015

Truancy: Balance Between Prevention, Discipline Has Long Been a Sticky Issue

Do criminal penalties for truancy help boost attendance or prevent dropouts? Policy debates have included the same concerns for decades.

April 02, 2015

The Long Struggle to Balance Special Education Compliance and Performance

As states submit detailed blueprints for improving special education performance, a look back at Education Week archives shows that balancing compliance and performance has been a long-standing issue.

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