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August 22, 2011

Monday Roundup: Pa. School Choice, New Oregon Ed. Adviser

A former Pennsylvania secretary of education says the state should take an incremental approach to school choice, to build support for the concept.

August 17, 2011

Two Wisconsin Democrats Win Recall Elections

Democrats hold on to two seats in the final two Wisconsin recall elections, but the state's GOP will continue to hold a 17-16 majority in the state's senate.

August 16, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers' Union Absorbs Cuts

The Wisconsin Education Association Council is being forced to lay off employees -- a result, it says, of Gov. Scott Walker's policies, which are hurting its membership.

August 15, 2011

Indiana Voucher Program Draws Applicants, Despite Legal Uncertainty

A new Indiana private school voucher program has drawn 2,800 applicants, the majority of them from low-income backgrounds.

August 11, 2011

State Budgets on the Mend, but Outlook for K-12 Unclear

Arturo Perez, who studies state finance for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says state budgets are recovering, but there's nervousness about the fragile economy.

August 11, 2011

An Indiana Lawmaker Reflects on Leaving the State in Protest

An Indiana legislators who fled the state to protest Republicans' tactics explains why Democrats chose that form of protest, and reaction from her constituents since then.

August 09, 2011

U.S. Ed. Official: States Need to Promote Union-District Cooperation

Joanne Weiss, a top U.S. Department of Education official, says states need to take more of a lead role in bulding bridges between teachers' unions and districts.

August 09, 2011

States Eagerly Await NCLB Waiver Details

Reaction from state lawmakers is tenatively positive to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's decision to grant states waivers to pieces of No Child Left Behind.

August 08, 2011

State Legislators Shape Agendas for Next Year

Strategies for coping with financial shortfalls, as well as discussions of assessments, standards, and school improvement will receive a lot of attention this week at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

August 05, 2011

Jeb Bush to Duncan: Set High Bar for State NCLB Waivers

In a new op-ed, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush argues that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should grant NCLB waivers to states that adopt A-F grading systems.

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