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June 21, 2011

Virginia's Gerard Robinson Chosen as Florida's Schools Chief

Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson has been named as Florida's new commissioner of education. He replaces Eric J. Smith.

June 17, 2011

Union Feuds With Top Jersey Democrat Over Pensions

A leading New Jersey teachers' union has strongly criticized Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, over his support for a proposal that would require them to pay more for benefits.

June 15, 2011

Parent Triggers Go the Slow Road

More than a dozen states have introduced "parent trigger" laws this year, but only a few of them have made it into law or stand a chance of success during these legislative sessions.

June 15, 2011

What's Next for Wisconsin Districts, Following Court Decision?

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld a new law law that restricts collective bargaining for teachers and many other public employees s districts brace for budget and labor challenges..

June 14, 2011

Minnesota Schools Face Questions About a Government Shutdown

Minnesota's Democratic governor and Republicans in the legislature are locked in an impasse over the state's budget. The governor wants to close the gap by raising taxes on the top 2 percent of income earners; Republicans want to cut spending.

June 13, 2011

Monday News Roundup: How Educated Is Your Legislator?

Several good stories have emerged over the past week, including stories that: examine the college-degree attainment of state lawmakers; profile a key political player behind Illinois' sweeping new law on teacher tenure and advancement; and South Carolina's schools chief holds firm in refusing to take part in Race to the Top.

June 10, 2011

201,600 School Jobs Cut Since Mid-2008, Analysis Finds

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that more than 200,000 local schools jobs have been cut since August of 2008.

June 08, 2011

Gery Chico, Former Top Chicago Official, to Lead Illinois Board

Gery Chico, who helped guide a major effort to bring financial and academic improvements to Chicago's schools, has been named as chair of the state's board of education.

June 06, 2011

Governors Who Pushed K-12 Overhauls See Popularity Slide

Republican governors who pushed for major changes in collective bargaining and teaching have seen their approval ratings slide. Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Rick Scott

June 03, 2011

Texas Eyes School Cuts, Big Changes to Funding Formula

Texas officials are looking at making $4 billion in cuts to education, less than is required to account for enrollment growth and other factors. Democrats have fought to block those cuts, forcing a special legislative session.

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