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June 30, 2015

Washington State Has a K-12 Budget Deal, But Will the Court Like It?

Lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Inslee a 2015-17 biennial budget that includes a $1.3 billion increase for K-12. But will that figure satisfy the state's top court?

June 30, 2015

Gov. Christie Brings Controversial K-12 Record to GOP Presidential Race

Newly minted 2016 presidential contender Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has a complex record on education policy that has attracted fierce supporters and detractors.

June 30, 2015

A 'Common-Core Math' Problem: How Many States Have Adopted the Standards?

Five years after the Common Core State Standards were unveiled, many of you might still be stumped by this question: Just how many states have adopted the common core?

June 29, 2015

Ohio Poised to Ditch PARCC Common-Core Test in Budget Sent to Gov. Kasich

House Bill 64, the biennial 2015-17 budget that lawmakers sent to Gov. John Kasich, prohibits the state from purchasing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam

June 29, 2015

Kansas Panel Rules Against State's New Funding System

The new block-grant funding system replaced a per-pupil formula. It was signed into law in March.

June 25, 2015

Taking Stock of How States Support Students' Health, Safety, and More

The ASCD indicators, taken from a range of federal sources, include household educational attainment levels, student-to-school counselor ratios, graduation rates by race, bullying data, and more.

June 24, 2015

Jindal Declares 2016 White House Run; Brings Record on Standards, Choice

Gov. Bobby Jindal's K-12 record in the Pelican State is heavy on the Republican's varied positions on the Common Core State Standards, and on his support for school choice.

June 24, 2015

How Can States Cut Tests Without Losing Crucial Information?

"Some states don't even know what tests they're giving next year," CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich told attendees at a conference about student assessment on June 23.

June 23, 2015

Testing Opt-Out Bill Signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; Delaware Next?

The Oregon measure makes districts send notices to parents twice a year about their right to opt out of state exams, and about the purpose of the tests.

June 23, 2015

PARCC Showdown in Arkansas as Governor Tries to Kill Test

Earlier this month, the Arkansas board of education voted 7-1 to continue using the PARCC exam, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson is refusing to go along.

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