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June 27, 2012

Arizona Reminds Us: Don't Forget Ballot Initiatives!

Arizona's secretary of state rejected a ballot initiative this week that would extend a sales tax increase and earmark much of the money for education, but a group supporting the tax hike said it would challenge that decision in court.

June 25, 2012

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?

An analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 100 bills related to the Common Core State Standards were introduced in state legislatures in 2012, and 39 were passed into law.

June 20, 2012

States' School Funding a Picture of Stagnant Mediocrity, Report Says

A second report on school funding effort and fairness from the Education Law Center in New Jersey shows that the pervasive problems in education finance in identified 2010 have largely remained unchanged based on data up to 2009.

June 19, 2012

Obama Push on Mandatory Attendance Age Stalls in States

Only one state this year heeded the call made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address for states to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18. One reason may be that states are too preoccupied with significant education policy issues to focus attention on the compulsory age.

June 15, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Appear to Reach Deal Related to NCLB Waiver

Ohio lawmakers appear to have struck a deal on a package of education legislation pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich that includes a deal on a school grading system crucial to the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

June 06, 2012

Walker's Statement on Education Will Provide Thrills or Chills

In a statement after his victory in the recall election June 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he was looking forward to addressing "education reform" at a cabinent meeting he hoped to convene the next day.

June 01, 2012

How Maine's Governor Connected Teacher Bonuses and Gay Marriage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have provided a salary increase to teachers with national board certification, and blasted the state teachers' union for endorsing gay marriage instead of spending more time on professional development.

May 24, 2012

'I Can Make More Generals, But Horses Cost Money'

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

May 22, 2012

Illinois Prepares to Put Kibosh on Controversial Scholarship Program

Illinois appears ready to ditch the legislative scholarships program that has been derided as a patronage plum for the children of friends to state politicians, after legislators approved a ban on the scholarships and sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for his signature.

May 18, 2012

Are Outsiders Good for 'Laboratories of Democracy'?

The role of state legislators, in a time when outside advocacy groups, think tanks and others have high profiles in education policy debates and decisions, could be in an interesting transition period.

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