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September 23, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Newsela Raises $4.1M to Expand Library of Modified News Articles

Newsela, a startup that offers news articles written at various reading levels, raised $4.1 million from investors in a Series A round.

September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Common-Core Tests as 'Illegal Interstate Compact'

A Missouri lawsuit claims that the state's funding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium illegally cedes state sovereignty over its K-12 policy.

September 22, 2014

Common Core Served for Brunch on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

The magazine show has a fairly straightforward look at the intensifying debate over the common standards.

September 18, 2014

Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing

Malloy sent a letter to Duncan, saying that he wants to "start a dialogue" between the feds and Connecticut on ways to "reduce the testing burden."

September 17, 2014

Texas Board Members Wary of Changes to AP History Program

The Texas state board of education is considering requiring Advanced Placement U.S. History courses to follow the state curriculum rather than the framework laid out by the test developers, reports the Associated Press.

September 17, 2014

Louisiana Angles for Preschool Grant, But With No Common-Core Strings

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is fighting against the common core in his state, pitting him against the state schools chief and board of education.

September 17, 2014

No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top Targeted by Ga. Superintendent Hopefuls

Federal education law, and competitive-grant initiatives from Washington, are catching quite a bit of heat from the two candidates seeking to be Georgia's next schools chief.

September 17, 2014

Q&A: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Talks Waivers, Competitive Grants

In a wide-ranging interview during his recent back-to-school bus tour, the education secretary discussed a variety of topics and highlighted some of his top priorities.

September 15, 2014

Common-Core Validation Committee Non-Signer Dylan Wiliam Shares a Couple Thoughts

In response to my post about Common Core advocates' five half-truths, Dylan Wiliam wrote to me explaining why he refused to sign off on the Common Core State Standards.

September 11, 2014

New 'Leaders and Laggards' Report From U.S. Chamber: Which States Improved?

Seven years after its "Leaders and Laggards" report took states to task over their K-12 policy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows what it thinks of the K-12 landscape in 2014.

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