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September 27, 2010

Texas Board Adopts Measure on Religious Bias in Textbooks

The Texas state board of education narrowly adopted a nonbinding resolution warning textbook publishers from promoting an "anti-Christian/pro-Islamic" bias in classroom materials.

September 24, 2010

Texas State Board Debates Resolution on 'Pro-Islamic' Bias in Textbooks

The Texas resolution appeared to have the backing of at least several social conservatives on the state board of education.

September 23, 2010

Can States Afford to Implement Common Standards?

The nation's education publishers got a chance to get the president's ear yesterday, and here is what they said: the common standards may be great, but you need to help states afford to put them into practice. The concern about paying for the implementation of the common standards ricocheted around...

September 23, 2010

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chief Discusses Plans, Market

Barry O'Callaghan, the CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, talks about his company's plans, the evolving marketplace, and the "tipping point" in education.

September 15, 2010

GED: A College Pathway That Few Complete

It's pretty well established by now that despite its nickname, the GED is not a "high school equivalency test." Young people who earn a General Educational Development certificate don't fare as well in earnings or in postsecondary education as those who graduate from high school. But now a new stu...

September 15, 2010

Obama to Students: Work Hard, Take Pride in Differences

You've probably heard about Obama's back to school speech (transcript here, video here, our PK-12 blog post here). Steering clear of the controversy sparked by last year's speech, he urged students to dream big and write their own destinies, no matter how difficult their current circumstances may be...

September 03, 2010

Texas Proposal Envisions Cuts to Textbook Budget

Texas may cut state spending on textbooks and science labs as part of a budget plan produced by the state education agency.

September 01, 2010

Lawmakers Seek to Keep Texas Content Out of Calif. Textbooks

The California legislature has approved a plan intended to prevent controversial new social studies standards in Texas from reaching Golden State classrooms.

August 04, 2010

Acquisition News in the World of Common Standards, Tests

Some players in the common-standards-and-assessments arena—folks you've been reading about here—have announced a business deal. Pearson PLC, the London-based education company, has agreed to buy America's Choice for $80 million. The agreement was announced yesterday. It still has to cle...

August 03, 2010

The Common-Standards Alignment Rush

If you had any doubt that publishers would rush to claim that their materials are aligned to the common standards, let us offer you an announcement that is altogether predictable: "Carnegie Learning® Math Curricula Align with Common Core State Standards." This press release was carried nationwide y...

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