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February 09, 2011

Teachers Make Their Case with Protests—and a Proposal

Teachers in Indiana and Idaho line up against Republican-backed education proposals, but a Wisconsin union comes forward with its own proposal to overhaul teacher pay and evaluation.

February 09, 2011

Ohio's Kasich Hires School Adviser with Charter Background

Robert Sommers is Ohio governor John Kasich's new education adviser.

February 04, 2011

Go Slow on School and District Consolidation, Report Says

States looking to save money should move cautiously in encouraging school and districts consolidation, says a report published by the National Education Policy Center.

February 03, 2011

A New View of School Spending in the States

Faced with grim budget prospects over the coming years, some states are looking to overhaul how they spend money on education.

January 27, 2011

In Indiana, Graduate Early, Get State Aid for College?

A proposal in Indiana, backed by top state elected officials, would allow high school seniors who graduate early to use a portion of per-pupil state aid for college.

January 24, 2011

Would an Expansion of Florida Vouchers Stand Up in Court?

Would Florida's constitution allow a voucher-style program to go forward? Opponents of such a measure say no, and even some voucher supporters are skeptical.

January 21, 2011

Unions Facing Tough Outlook in State Capitals

Teachers' unions are on the defensive in many state legislative sessions this year. A pair of union officials, John Stocks and Mary Bell, gave me their thoughts.

January 19, 2011

UPDATED: The Costs of Class-Size Reductions in Florida

Florida schools and districts face potentially big penalties for not complying with a mandate to cap class sizes, even as policymakers in other parts of the country contemplate allowing class sizes to rise.

January 14, 2011

Battle over Preschool Takes Shape in Iowa

A Republican proposal would scale back a statewide preschool program created by Iowa's previous, Democratic governor.

January 10, 2011

Feds Offer Race to Top Guidance to Winning States

Federal officials say states will be expected to keep participating unions and school districts on board their Race to the Top plans, and they'll be held to the academic goals they promised to meet.

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