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December 19, 2013

Do States Need a 'Shift in Thinking' to Provide Better Help to Struggling Schools?

In several states, education departments' budgets often were not connected to their overall strategies, a Center on Reinventing Public Education report says.

December 19, 2013

Supporting English-Learner Achievement: What States Can Do

The Education Commission of the States outlines a number of policy arenas where states can focus time and energy to help their growing populations of English-learners.

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Bill to Bar Educators From Political Activity Withdrawn by Missouri Senator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.

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