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January 30, 2015

Gov. Jindal Urges State Board to Adopt Alternatives to PARCC

Jindal's Jan. 30 executive order is the latest step in the ongoing battle the Louisiana governor has waged against the standards and tests.

January 30, 2015

New Report Aims to Help States Better Identify English-Language Learners

Some school districts participating in the 2014 discussion session about the topic estimated that up to 5 percent of their students are misclassified.

January 30, 2015

To Keep Washington Out of K-12 Policy, Tenn. Lawmakers Turn to...Washington

The resolution says the federal government is acting like a national school board and asks the GOP-controlled Congress to return K-12 authority to the states.

January 29, 2015

California Districts File Claim for Additional Funds to Cover State Testing

Four districts and one county education office in California say the state must provide more financial aid to local K-12 agencies to help them implement state assessments.

January 29, 2015

Ind. Lawmakers Eye Proposals to Strip Power From Elected K-12 Chief

Arguably the most hostile relationship in state education politics could be fundamentally altered by Indiana legislators' current plans.

January 28, 2015

Bill Would Make Kindergarten Mandatory in Mississippi

If a measure currently before the state's legislature passes, Mississippi will become the 16th state to require that children attend kindergarten.

January 28, 2015

Democrats in Washington State Become First to Officially Oppose Common Core

It's unclear what the state party's resolution will mean for the common core in the Evergreen State, which happens to be the home of prominent common-core supporter Bill Gates.

January 28, 2015

'Adaptive Leadership' Training in Maryland Helps Groom Future Principals

"The assistant principal has to be well-rounded and understand instruction well enough" to prod teachers to foster better results in the classroom, says one official.

January 27, 2015

States Are Losing Power Over Classroom Materials, and Districts Are Gaining It

The number of states that exert direct control over districts' choice of instructional materials through state funding has dipped from roughly 25 to 18 in recent years.

January 27, 2015

States' Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Examined in New Report

A recent report from the Education Commission of the States takes a look at how four states are innovatively or effectively tackling the various achievement gaps among students.

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