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July 26, 2011

Another Victim of Budget Cuts: State Education Agencies

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.

June 28, 2011

Idaho Schools Superintendent Won't Face Recall

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

N.J. Latest State to Move on Pension, Health Care Changes

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

States Shunning Tax Hikes, Unlike Past Recessions

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 Expands Private School Voucher System

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

Union Feuds With Top Jersey Democrat Over Pensions

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

Report Offers States Ways to Find Savings in Schools

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

Don't Bet on Savings from a Four-Day School Week, ECS Says

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

California Teachers' Pension Benefits Not Excessive, Study Says

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

A Voucher Victory in Indiana, a Lawsuit in Idaho

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.

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