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March 18, 2015

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal's Latest Common-Core Repeal Plan Mirrors Okla. Template

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced legislation to upend the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests in that state, and give lawmakers ultimate power over replacement standards.

March 18, 2015

Texas Senate Votes to Exempt Some Students From Testing Requirements

If Texas Gov. Greg Abbott were to sign the bill, it would be the second time in two legislative sessions that Texas lawmakers have reduced the mandatory testing burden on students.

March 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers OK Shift to Block-Grant Funding, But Court Fight Looms

The Kansas Legislature has approved a plan to switch K-12 spending from a formula to block grants, but the state's legal system might not approve of the change.

March 16, 2015

Bias in Special Education Identification Rarely Flagged by States

The most up-to-date figures show that, as in previous years, few districts have been directed to use part of their federal special education money for early-intervention services.

March 13, 2015

California Funding Formula May Miss Many High-Needs Students, Report Finds

California's school funding formula is designed to help students in need, but do all those children receive the resources the state intends for them?

March 11, 2015

California Task Force Seeks Sweeping Changes to Special Education

A report to the state board of education seeks creation of a "coherent" system, including revision of teacher preparation, support for early learning, and an overhaul of special education financing.

March 11, 2015

South Carolina Adopts Standards Intended to Replace Common Core

The South Carolina Board of Education adopted standards intended to replace the Common Core State Standards on March 11, after the state required new standards for the 2015-16 school year

March 11, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Mull Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

March 10, 2015

Chiefs for Change Announces New Focus on Big Cities, John White as New Leader

Chiefs for Change says it wishes to focus more on building a bipartisan K-12 consensus with the backing of big-city superintendents, and is ending its affiliation with the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

March 06, 2015

Plan Modeled on State-Run Districts in Tenn., La. Approved by Ga. Senate

The superintendent, who would answer directly to the governor, could turn those schools over to charter operators, shut them down, or change the management.

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