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Bill to Bar Educators From Political Activity Withdrawn by Missouri Senator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

December 04, 2013

K-12 Policy Warfare in Indiana Persists With Leak of New Group's Agenda

Indiana superintendent Glenda Ritz says the document shows state officials are planning to remove her as chairwoman of the state school board.

December 03, 2013

ALEC Ed. Agenda for 2014: Course Choice, Student Data 'Backpack Act'

The free-market-oriented organization is considering draft bills dealing with school choice and a state records database with academic information on individual students.

December 02, 2013

Oklahoma Department Defends Integrity of A-F School Accountability in New Study

The study from the Oklahoma education department about A-F grades said an October report critical of the system was in fact misleading in several ways.

December 02, 2013

Smarter Balanced Remains Best Common Core Testing Option, Michigan Dept. Says

Compared to other tests from groups including ACT and Amplify, the study said Smarter Balanced assessments remained the best choice for Michigan.

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