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December 19, 2013

Proposed Ballot Measure Could Put New Mexico's Skandera on Thin Ice

A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.

December 18, 2013

Head Count: Executive Orders and State Republican Parties on Common Core

The list of governors issuing executive orders regarding the common core continues to grow, and so far they are all Republican leaders.

December 17, 2013

NCLB Waivers May Have Provided Escape Hatch for Many Low-Performing Schools

A report from the New America foundation raises the question of whether states are intervening in the rights schools under their NCLB waivers.

December 16, 2013

Chiefs for Change Adds Delaware K-12 Secretary Mark Murphy as New Member

Murphy, appointed in 2012 by Gov. Jack Markell, becomes the seventh member of the group that is backed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's K-12 foundation.

December 13, 2013

Bill to Bar Educators From Political Activity Withdrawn by Missouri Senator

The bill had been described by its author, state Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican, as a "starting point" in dealing with the political influence of educators.

December 11, 2013

Mike Huckabee's "Common Core is Dead" Line Not What He Told State Chiefs

The former Arkansas governor said he is dissatisfied with the implementation of the common core and how it has become "hijacked" by other interests.

December 10, 2013

Pa. Charter-School Bill Cuts Cyber-Charter Funding, But Angers District Advocates

The proposed bill from a state Republican lawmaker would allow certain institutes of higher education to authorize charter schools in Pennsylvania.

December 10, 2013

California Districts Fear Big Budget Losses Over Low-Income Verification

Local officials in Los Angeles and elsewhere say that new data-reporting requirements from the state shouldn't hurt their budgets this year.

December 09, 2013

PISA Shows U.S. 'Standing Still' in Education, Says Ed. Dept. Official

Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton argued that other nations' decision to expand on what has been successful U.S. education policy helps explain lagging U.S. scores on PISA.

December 05, 2013

Okla. Governor to Feds: Stay Away From Our (Common Core) Standards

In her executive order, Gov. Mary Fallin also says that the state's standards won't jeopardize student privacy or parents who home-school their children.

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