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September 24, 2012

How Far Would Michigan Law's Repeal Turn Back the Clock?

Michigan officials are divided over whether a repeal of a 2011 law means the state will no longer have emergency financial managers.

September 20, 2012

CAP Study Cites Hurdles to Funding Equity

Property tax and aid formulas stymie states ability to help poorer districts, a Center for American Progress report concludes.

September 13, 2012

Florida Senator Fulminates Over Impact of Some Ed. Policies

The GOP chairman of the Florida Senate's education committee blasts policies that he says have damaged young black males in recent years.

August 08, 2012

Wyoming Ditches State Test, Despite Feds' Preference

Wyoming lawmakers took another step in discontinuing an exam for high school juniors in favor of the ACT, despite a request from Washington that the state keep it in place.

July 25, 2012

AIDS Conference, New Documentary Raise Questions About Sex Ed.

New data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that while people age 15-29 make up 21 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 39 percent of all new HIV infections, but some states are moving away from comprehensive sex education classes.

July 09, 2012

Education Commission of States Kicks off National Forum in Atlanta

The first day of the National Forum on Education Policy, hosted by the Education Commission for the States, included discussions about the impacts of new discovers in neuroscience on student learning, and the difficulties states face in developing strong early childhood learning systems.

July 03, 2012

New State, Local Dynamic Emerges in School Funding

A report on public education spending from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in fiscal 2010, local-level education funding was higher than state-level funding.

July 02, 2012

Iowa Receives One-Year 'Freeze' on AYP Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Iowa a one-year grace period from meeting academic proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind.

June 28, 2012

State News Review: Tests, Standards, Budgets, and Charters

Texas business leaders are saying the state economy will suffer if critics of new high-stakes standardized tests get their way; Wyoming has started reviewing standards in social studies, science and other subjects; Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a charter school expansion bill; and California passed a budget for next year that relies heavily on a proposed tax increase voters will decide on in November.

June 27, 2012

Iowa Asks for 'One-Year Freeze' on NCLB Accountability

Iowa is asking for a "one-year freeze on accountability measures in the federal No Child Left Behind Act after the U.S. Department of Education turned down the state's request for a waiver from the federal law last week.

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