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May 16, 2012

N.H. Foes of IB Program Seek to Keep it Out of Schools

The New Hampshire Senate was scheduled to consider a bill May 16 that would block schools from using the International Baccalaureate course of study, which detractors say promotes a distasteful international ideology.

May 14, 2012

ALEC Board Wants Common Core Resolution Language 'Tightened Up' Before Vote

The American Legislative Exchange Council's board of directors asked its Education Task Force to revise language in a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards at its May 11 meeting in Charlotte, after which the resolution will be reconsidered by the board.

May 14, 2012

Charters Bills Go Down in Alabama, Mississippi

Charter school proposals in Alabama and Mississippi have gone down to defeat, with the foes ranging from Republican suburbanites in one state to a state teachers' union in another.

May 09, 2012

Connecticut Passes Ed. Package: Bloop Single or Home Run?

Connecticut lawmakers approved several changes to the state's public schools proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, although some of his most controversial proposals, such as eliminating current teachers union contracts, were not among them.

May 07, 2012

Hike in Kindergarten Entrance Cut-Off Date Passes Michigan Senate

Senators in Michigan passed a bill that would move up the cut-off date by which time children must turn 5 in order to attend kindergarten during that school year from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 by 2015-16, in a move they say helps other students in kindergarten and would save $50 million annually.

May 03, 2012

Alphabet Soup of National, State, Local Groups Call for ESEA Reauthorization

A May 3 letter from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and other groups urges Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act before the 112th Congress adjourns.

April 27, 2012

ALEC Documents Show Meeting Attendees, Legislation Mark-Up

After filing a complaint with the IRS this week over the tax-exempt status of ALEC, Common Cause made public several documents related to ALEC's legislative work, including in the education field. ALEC dismissed this complaint as motivated by partisan ill-will.

April 23, 2012

More ALEC News: IRS Complaint, Tennessee Bill

A liberal nonprofit has filed an IRS complaint challenging its tax-exempt status, while a bill in Tennessee that would have required bills based on model legislation from ALEC and other groups to have been disclosed as such died in the state legislature.

April 19, 2012

Hawaii Ed. Board OKs Evaluation Plan, What's Next for Race to Top?

The Hawaii Board of Education has approved a framework for new teacher and principal evaluations, but the state teachers union says that it still needs to give approval to any final plan.

April 18, 2012

Texas Ed. Funding Trial Kicks Off This Fall

A Texas judge has set a trial date of Oct. 22 for school districts suing the state over $5.4 billion in K-12 education cuts the districts say violate the state's constitution.

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