Connecticut lawmakers approved several changes to the state's public schools proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, although some of his most controversial proposals, such as eliminating current teachers union contracts, were not among them.

Tom Barrett, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to GOP Gov. Scott Walker, has won the right to a rematch on June 5 by winning the May 8 state Democratic primary poll.

A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board highlights the growth in child poverty, particularly in its 16 member states, and warns about its long-term affects on educational attainment and personal income.

Senators in Michigan passed a bill that would move up the cut-off date by which time children must turn 5 in order to attend kindergarten during that school year from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 by 2015-16, in a move they say helps other students in kindergarten and would save $50 million annually.

Hawaii gets to keep its Race to the Top grant for now but remains on "high risk" status, the U.S. Department of Education told the state May 4.

A new study of California public schools from 2007 to 2011 paints a fairly grim picture that includes "small progress" but major challenges remaining. Among the findings is that the state's per-pupil spending in K-12 dropped by $522, a 6 percent slump.

A May 3 letter from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and other groups urges Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act before the 112th Congress adjourns.

A new poll for the Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial primary on May 8 appears to give Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett the edge over the preferred candidate of the teachers union, Kathleen Falk. A majority also do not favor a gubernatorial pledge to veto a state budget if it does not restore collective bargaining rights.

CORRECTED In case you haven't seen it already, it's worth noting on State EdWatch that Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that he will step down from his post on July 2. Reading the Associated Press story, Scott comes across as an education official conscious that he was caught between warring priorities and political factions. It's not every day that an official personally apologizes to school leaders for funding cuts, as Scott did in February after public schools in Texas lost $5.4 billion in state budget cuts back in 2011 (an official might be more likely to say ...

A sponsor of a tax-credit scholarship program in New Hampshire agreed to amend his legislation to ensure that losses in state aid to public schools resulting from students utilizing scholarships and transferring out of those schools would be limited.


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