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March 27, 2015

N.J. Opt-Out Bill Gets Unanimous, Bipartisan Support in One Chamber

New Jersey school districts would be required to provide students who opt out of standardized testing an "educationally appropriate ungraded" activity under proposed legislature.

March 24, 2015

White House Events Make a Point on Science Teaching

Educators often praise the power of modeling in teaching, as in life. We talk about role models for a reason. So consider this question: What would it mean for students if the President of the United States chose not to accept science?

March 12, 2015

Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and Why He Avoided PARCC Protesters

At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.

March 12, 2015

Lawmakers Push to Include Educator Background Checks in Trafficking Bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the amendment offered by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would bolster the U.S. Department of Education's role as "a National School Board."

March 09, 2015

GOP Governors Need to School Uncle Sam on Federal Role in Education

Republican nominees for 2016 must explain to voters how they can believe in both the importance of education and in a limited federal role.

March 06, 2015

Georgia Senate Approves Measure to Allow the State to Take Over Failing Schools

Gov. Nathan Deal proposed a constitutional amendment to create an "Opportunity School District," which will give the state power to take over chronically low-performing schools.

February 27, 2015

Report: Early Learning Among Top Six Education Priorities for Governors

Eleven governors have included early learning in their 2015 State of the State addresses so far, according to an evaluation by the Education Commission of the States, a non-partisan, Denver-based think tank.

February 27, 2015

Dems May Want to Watch What Duncan Is Wishing for

It's possible that a Republican might become president in 2016. Should that happen, it might be worth revisiting a possible future that I forecast in 2011.

February 26, 2015

'Harmful Materials' Bill Targeting Teacher Protections Passes Kan. Senate

A bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for providing "harmful materials" to minors has been passed by the Kansas Senate.

February 24, 2015

Education Is a Key Factor in Chicago Mayor's Race

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first term included a teachers' union strike and the closure of nearly 50 schools, but graduation rates rose to record-highs under his watch, ACT scores climbed, and full-day kindergarten was expanded.

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