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December 31, 2014

Governor, Lawmakers in S.C. Ask Top Court to Reconsider K-12 Finance Ruling

In her petition to the state's top court, Gov. Nikki Haley says the November ruling doesn't take into account recent changes to state education spending.

December 30, 2014

Kansas School Funding Falls Short of Legal Standard, Court Rules

A district court in Kansas has found the state's K-12 funding system to be "inadequate to the task."

December 30, 2014

Vetoing His Own Teacher-Evaluation Bill, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Faces Union's Wrath

Cuomo had sponsored the bill as a way to create a safety net for teachers, but he has criticized recent teacher ratings that gave most educators high marks.

December 23, 2014

Mass. Gov.-Elect Picks K-12 Philanthropy Official as New Education Secretary

Jim Peyser currently works for the NewSchools Venture Fund, and has strong ties to charter schools and past Republican governors in the Bay State.

December 23, 2014

Florida to Review K-12 Testing Amid Growing Political Anxiety

Pam Stewart's announcement came two weeks after a powerful Florida lawmaker expressed a desire to review testing's role in public schools.

December 22, 2014

Common-Core News Developments Dominate Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

This year was characterized by intense discusssions in many states about the progress and worthiness of the Common Core State Standards and their online assessments.

December 18, 2014

Facing K-12 Budget Crunch, Washington Governor Proposes Capital-Gains Tax

Annual per-student spending would rise to $9,015 in Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed education spending plan for the 2015-17 biennial budget

December 18, 2014

Louisiana Struggles in Allowing IEP Teams to Create Diploma Pathways

A new law that went into effect earlier this year is proving challenging to implement as the 2014-15 school year reaches its halfway point, according to local reports.

December 18, 2014

States Using Common Core Face Challenge Communicating With Public, GAO Reports

What's more, states have the same concerns about college-and-career-aligned assessments, whether they are participating in one of two federally-funded consortia or not.

December 17, 2014

GAO Projects Worrisome Long-Term Fiscal Outlook for State, Local Budgets

According to the GAO, the deficit for state and local operating budgets as a percentage of GDP is slated to grow from 2 percent of GDP to close to 4 percent of GDP by 2060.

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