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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.

March 05, 2015

Calif. Legislator Seeks $900 Million Boost for Standards Implementation

"Ongoing state investment is critical if we wish to build upon the progress that has already been made," a California lawmaker said in announcing the legislation.

March 05, 2015

Study of K-12 Advocacy Groups Shows Policy World Has 'Changed Dramatically'

A Brookings Institution report shows that in battles over school choice bills in three states, advocacy groups with the same goals didn't always agree about legislation.

March 04, 2015

Tucson's Ethnic Studies Courses Don't Violate Ban, Arizona Chief Rules

The district risked losing up to $15 million in state funding over courses that former Arizona public schools Superintendent John Huppenthal said violated a 2010 state ban on ethnic studies. His successor, Diane Douglas, has overruled him, leaving the funding intact.

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