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January 14, 2015

Top California Budget Analyst Praises Governor's K-12 Plan, Amid Fiscal Caution

A leading California budget analyst praises Gov. Jerry Brown's prudence in his K-12 spending and overall budget, while warning against over-exuberance regarding the state's improving fiscal climate.

January 14, 2015

Activists Cry Foul Over Second Ballot Measure on Mississippi K-12 Funding

State lawmakers are considering a ballot initiative on school funding that critics say is merely designed to block a citizen-sponsored measure up for voter approval this November.

January 14, 2015

New Report Details How States Fund the Education of English-Language Learners

An Education Commission of the States report outlines each state's funding mechanism for ELLs, along with differences in dollar amounts and teacher allocations across the states.

January 13, 2015

Do Parents Clamor to See Those Controversial N.Y. Teacher Evaluations?

The political bickering over teacher ratings in the Empire State is slated to continue in 2015, but the evaluations aren't just intended for the eyes of state officials.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

January 09, 2015

Unveiling K-12 Budget, Calif. Governor Criticizes Washington-Driven Reforms

Brown also released a proposal to cut down on the state's long-term retiree health care costs in his fiscal 2016 budget proposal.

January 09, 2015

It's That Time of Year: State Lawmakers Propose School Choice Bills

State lawmakers are revving up for their legislative sessions, and school choice-related bills are popping up, including a Wisconsin proposal to turn failing schools into charters.

January 08, 2015

Surveying the Common-Core Chatter: How Will the Standards Fare in 2015?

Will the Common Core State Standards survive despite opposition rhetoric, or was 2014 just the start of growing backlash to the standards?

January 06, 2015

Governors Laud 'Higher Standards,' Plead for NCLB Renewal in NGA Speeches

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said more rigorous expectations for students were important, but not the only consideration for stronger schools.

January 02, 2015

Late N.Y. Gov. Mario Cuomo Sought to Aid Poor Districts, Overhaul Gotham Schools

Cuomo challenged President Ronald Reagan's vision of America, and successfully pushed to expand college access to poor and middle-class students.

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