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March 24, 2015

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education

The Education Commission of the States report lists proposed changes in five policy areas, including finance, educator quality, and parent engagement.

March 23, 2015

Arne Duncan Urges Leadership From State Chiefs on Common Core, Equity, Testing

The U.S. Secretary of Education told members of the Council of Chief State School Officers that states could take the lead on issues like overtesting and early education.

March 23, 2015

Idaho Broadband Fiasco Leads to State Official's Resignation

In the wake of a judge's ruling that voided the state's contract with broadband providers, Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna resigns.

March 19, 2015

Open Enrollment, Easier Path for National Charter Operators Considered in Fla. Bill

A wide-reaching bill from a Florida senator who previously backed a parent-trigger law would affect open-enrollment and charter school policies.

March 19, 2015

Mich. Picks Local Superintendent With Lobbying Background as Next State Chief

Brian Whiston, the head of Dearborn public schools, will replace Mike Flanagan, the longest-serving state superintendent in the nation.

March 19, 2015

Bill Allowing Charter Schools Passes in Alabama, Awaits Gov. Bentley's Signature

If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the legislation allowing charter schools, the number of states not allowing charters will drop to seven.

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.

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