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February 24, 2015

Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards?

A poll shows that Republicans who hold more false beliefs about the standards are more likely to disapprove of the common core. But what about Democrats?

February 23, 2015

Governors at D.C. Meeting Anxious Over NCLB Rewrite, K-12 Workforce

Governors heard updates about the possible direction of federal education law, and stressed that they needed more certainty from Washington as they work to improve schools.

February 19, 2015

Okla. Lawmakers Move to Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History

House Bill 1380, which has yet to be voted on in the full House, would bar the use of state funds on materials and activities related to the AP U.S. History course.

February 18, 2015

States' Control Over Selection of K-12 Classroom Materials Shifting to Districts

California, Texas and Florida are among the states that are ceding more authority to districts in choosing their own instructional materials, the Association of American Publishers reports.

February 17, 2015

Hanna Skandera Confirmed as New Mexico K-12 Chief After Four Years in Limbo

Skandera was picked to be the top K-12 official in New Mexico in 2011, but until this week her nomination had stalled even as she performed the duties of the office.

February 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Mull Attaching Common-Core Repeal to Budget Bill

Last year, changes to teacher tenure and school choice were tacked onto the state K-12 spending plan. Could the same happen again for a common-core repeal effort this year?

February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Resigns, Leaving His K-12 Blueprint Stranded

Kitzhaber had laid out ambitious early-literacy policy proposals after his 2014 re-election, and had also ordered a review of common-core-aligned tests in schools.

February 13, 2015

Before Common Core: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show His Thinking on Standards

"If they are weak, let us strengthen them," the then-Florida governor wrote in an email from 10 years ago after a negative report about the state's content standards.

February 13, 2015

Idaho Schools' Connectivity in Limbo After Judge Voids State Broadband Contract

A judge Wednesday reaffirmed his November ruling that the state's $60 million broadband contract had been awarded illegally.

February 12, 2015

Mass. Report: PARCC is Right Common-Core Test for Schools ... With Caveats

Do the two state assessments being used in the Bay State accurately measure "college- and career-readiness" of students that so many states now say is their top priority?

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