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September 19, 2011

State Revenues Rise Slightly, but Temporary Taxes Expire

For the first time in a decade, states cut taxes more than they increased them, a dropoff caused by the expiration of temporary tax increases, a new report says.

September 16, 2011

Mich. Proposal Limits Automatic Dues to Teachers' Unions

Michigan's House of Representatives narrowly approves a measure that prevents school districts from arranging automatic paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues.

September 14, 2011

Florida Union Challenges Law on Merit Pay, Tenure

The Florida Education Association has said it will file a lawsuit to halt a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott that ends tenure for new hires and implements a merit pay system.

September 13, 2011

Rhee Weighs in on Obama's Schools Plan

Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee offers support for President Obama's school jobs and renovation plans.

September 12, 2011

Landmark Online-Class Mandate On the Move in Idaho

Idaho's state board of education has tentatively approved a measure to require students to take two online courses before graduating, though it still faces major hurdles.

September 09, 2011

Obama's School Jobs Plan: Good Enough, or Too Much?

President Barack Obama says his jobs plan would save 280,000 school positions; that's roughly the number lost in districts since 2008, by one estimate.

September 01, 2011

New Jersey Teachers' Union Sues to Stop Pension Cost Hikes

The New Jersey Education Association is going to court to try to block changes that Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic lawmakers made to pensions.

August 31, 2011

Push to End 'Social Promotion' Hits Obstacles in New Mexico

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's proposal to hold back students in 3rd grade if they can't read at grade level is running into political resistance.

August 26, 2011

Former Congressman for State Schools Chief in Louisiana?

Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Vietnamese-American ever to serve in Congress, has expressed interest in serving as state superintendent of education.

August 23, 2011

Eighteen States Changed Tenure Laws in 2011, Report Says

Eighteen states approved laws in 2011 that in some way changed the rules on how teachers are granted tenure, according to the Education Commission of the States.

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