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November 06, 2019

Teacher Activism Played Prominent Role in Southern Governors' Races

Governors' races in Kentucky and Mississippi took center stage, testing the political muscle of teacher activists and yielding possible policy implications for everything from public employee pensions to teacher pay.

April 24, 2013

The Claim: Common Core Tests Will Spy on Students?

The debate and rhetoric over the common standards is really heating up.

March 07, 2013

Diane Ravitch Launches New Education Advocacy Counterforce

The Network for Public Education will support political candidates who oppose high-stakes testing, mass school closures, and the "privatizing" of public schools.

June 06, 2011

Ed. Reforms Prove Politically Costly in WI, OH, and FL

Three governors who took on their teachers' unions see their approval ratings slide.

November 02, 2010

Politics K-12 Is Pulling an Election (Almost) All-Nighter

All you education watchers who can't wait until Wednesday for the latest election results and analysis, stick with for election coverage through the night.

September 16, 2010

Race to the Top Winners Hit D.C.

Officials from the lucky dozen winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top competition met in Washington to hammer out their budgets and talk about implementations issues.

January 06, 2010

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Won't Run For Re-Election

Colorado's Gov. Bill Ritter, a Democrat whose state is engaged in an all-out campaign for a Race to the Top Fund grant, has decided to not run for re-election. It's too soon to say what his decision will mean for the Centennial State's chances in the hot competition for a slice of the $4 billion in...

October 27, 2009

Off Year Elections and ESEA Renewal

If you haven't already, you should check out my colleague Erik Robelen's story about education in this off-year election. He points out that the very tight races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia will help shed some light on how well the Democratic brand is faring, now that the party is in cha...

October 15, 2009

Stimulus Funding Cliff Is a Reality

New tax data shows that as the national economy shows signs of recovery, states are still in big, big trouble.

September 25, 2009

More Bad Fiscal News for States

For the first time ever, gambling revenue is down in states by 2.8 percent. And that has implications for K-12.

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