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May 18, 2011

Idaho Schools Chief Warns Against Using School Resources for Politics

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has issued a memo warning teachers, administrators, and others against using school grounds for political purposes. The state's leading teachers' union says it is being targeted by the proposal

May 17, 2011

A More Optimistic Budget Outlook in California, Other States

The budget situation in California, and a number of other states, has improved, with more tax revenues than expected rolling in. That could mean more money for K-12.

May 16, 2011

John King Named Education Commissioner in New York

John King, a 36-year-old Brooklyn native, has been named New York's next education commisioner. He will be the first African-American and Puerto Rican to hold the job.

May 16, 2011

A Primer on Class-Size Reductions, from Brookings

A report from the Brookings Institution says that state lawmakers, when considering class size reductions, may want to consider keeping them low among disadvantaged students at early grades.

May 12, 2011

Ally of Jeb Bush, John McCain Helping Pawlenty Presidential Campaign

Phil Handy, an influential former Florida state board of education official, is helping Tim Pawlenty's campaign for president. Handy worked on John McCain's 2008 campaign for the White House.

May 10, 2011

A Less-Publicized School Plan from Mitch Daniels

A recent measure signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will switch local school board elections from the spring to the fall.

May 05, 2011

Big-Time Budget Standoff in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed placing a series of tax extensions and increases on the ballot, but GOP lawmakers won't budge. Schools could be looking at cuts, as a result.

May 05, 2011

Does New Indiana Voucher Law Squeeze Private School Rights?

A Cato Institute scholars says Indiana's far-reaching voucher law will detract from the academic freedom offered to private schools.

May 05, 2011

Michigan Policy Helped Poor Districts Academically, Not Rich Ones, Study Says

A study finds that a landmark Michigan policy, which sought to create more level funding between rich and poor districts, helped students in the poor districts academically, but appears to have hurt those in wealthier systems.

May 02, 2011

Idaho Petition Drive One of Many Challenges to New Bargaining Laws

An Idaho teachers' union is launching a petition drive to block a series of new laws that change collective bargaining rights. It's one of a series of legal and political challenges to new laws in the states.

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