Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature approved a controversial expansion of the state's existing school-voucher system. Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it.

A leading New Jersey teachers' union has strongly criticized Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, over his support for a proposal that would require them to pay more for benefits.

Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute questions whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry's anti-federal government policies would make sense for the nation's schools. Perry has said he's considering a run for president.

States face major questions about the impact of expanding private school vouchers to middle-income families, according to scholars at an American Enterprise Institute forum.

More than a dozen states have introduced "parent trigger" laws this year, but only a few of them have made it into law or stand a chance of success during these legislative sessions.

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld a new law law that restricts collective bargaining for teachers and many other public employees s districts brace for budget and labor challenges..

Minnesota's Democratic governor and Republicans in the legislature are locked in an impasse over the state's budget. The governor wants to close the gap by raising taxes on the top 2 percent of income earners; Republicans want to cut spending.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs into law a measure that will change the way tenure is granted to teachers, and make it easier to remove ineffective educators from classrooms.

Several good stories have emerged over the past week, including stories that: examine the college-degree attainment of state lawmakers; profile a key political player behind Illinois' sweeping new law on teacher tenure and advancement; and South Carolina's schools chief holds firm in refusing to take part in Race to the Top.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that more than 200,000 local schools jobs have been cut since August of 2008.


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