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February 13, 2015

Before Common Core: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show His Thinking on Standards

"If they are weak, let us strengthen them," the then-Florida governor wrote in an email from 10 years ago after a negative report about the state's content standards.

February 10, 2015

Steering Clear of Common Core, Jeb Bush Decries Schools That Fail Poor Students

Bush, the former Florida governor who is mulling a White House run, advocated for choice, assessment, and a low-profile for federal policymakers in K-12.

February 05, 2015

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal Slams Pro-Common-Core 'Elites' Who Insult Parents

In his speech to a conservative group in Washington, the Louisiana Republican said, "I have more confidence in the moms in this room than any collection of bureaucrats."

February 02, 2015

Where Did Education Groups Rank in Donations to 2014 State Elections?

The two national teachers' unions both made the top 25 givers to state elections in 2014.

January 29, 2015

Ind. Lawmakers Eye Proposals to Strip Power From Elected K-12 Chief

Arguably the most hostile relationship in state education politics could be fundamentally altered by Indiana legislators' current plans.

January 14, 2015

Activists Cry Foul Over Second Ballot Measure on Mississippi K-12 Funding

State lawmakers are considering a ballot initiative on school funding that critics say is merely designed to block a citizen-sponsored measure up for voter approval this November.

January 05, 2015

R.I. Chief Deborah Gist's Fate Uncertain as Contract-Renewal Deadline Passes

The Rhode Island education commissioner has previously stated she'd like to stay on under the new Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, but Gist's current contract expires in June.

December 23, 2014

Mass. Gov.-Elect Picks K-12 Philanthropy Official as New Education Secretary

Jim Peyser currently works for the NewSchools Venture Fund, and has strong ties to charter schools and past Republican governors in the Bay State.

December 08, 2014

Is the Era of the 'Strong Chief' in Education Fading Away?

Will high-profile battles about standards, testing, choice, and accountability over the last few years lead to fatigue among governors, state chiefs, and others?

December 02, 2014

AP: Probe of Former Ind. Chief Bennett Found 'Ample Evidence' of Wire Fraud

The Associated Press cites a 95-page report that investigators said were over 100 instances of fraud by former Indiana K-12 chief Bennett or one of his staffers.

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