In Texas, the state education agency has its budget cut by $48 million, forcing layoffs and affecting the its work in testing, curriculum, certification and other areas.
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July 26, 2011
June 28, 2011
An effort to recall Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna failed to get the necessary signatures to have the item placed on the ballot.
June 24, 2011
A bill that would require teachers and many other public workers to pay much more for pensions and health care clears tNew Jersy's General Assembly. Gov. Chris Christie supports it but Democrats are divided.
June 22, 2011
Unlike the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s, states have avoided approving tax hikes during this economic downturn to raise revenue, despite its severity.
June 17, 2011
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.
June 17, 2011
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.
June 07, 2011
A report issued by Education Resource Strategies offers recommendations on cost-saving measures for states, some of which are already being tried, while others, in special education and other areas, would require new state policy.
June 01, 2011
One of the most far-reaching options considered by school districts trying to save costs is the move to the four-day school week. But the savings from that option are often overstated, an analysis finds.
May 06, 2011
As debates over public pension systems play out in California and around the country, a new study shows that many workers in the state have quite generous retirement benefits, compared to the private sector. Teachers' benefits? Not as much.
April 28, 2011
Indiana laymakers have approved a major school voucher bill, which will be sent to the desk of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is the subject of major presidential buzz.