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January 06, 2011

Race to the Top, the Broadway Version

Newly elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes the creation of a pair of $250 million competitions to reward districts for academic performance and finding cost savings,

January 05, 2011

Republican Majorities Go to Work in State Capitols

A wave of newly elected Republican governors and lawmakers are going to work in state capitols across the country. They're seeking changes to teacher job protections, more school choice, and spending cuts.

January 04, 2011

Jeb Bush Talks Up Florida's Education Model, and Plays Down a White House Bid

Jeb Bush talks about his often controversial approach to improving Florida's schools, and his future, which he says includes no immediate plans for a White House bid.

December 30, 2010

Farewell to 2010, the Year of Race to the Top

A federal dash for cash, Race to the Top, dominated much of the education news at the state level in 2010. Eleven states, plus D.C., walked away with federal awards.

December 28, 2010

Rick Scott's Plan for Florida: Choice, Charters, Early College and More

The governor-elect's transition plan calls for an major expansion of vouchers, as well as charter schools and virtual education, and ending tenure for new teacher hires.

December 22, 2010

Collective Bargaining Battleground: Illinois

An Illinois proposal to limit teachers' rights to strike seems likely to provoke a fight in the state, while the fate of changes to tenure, hiring, and firing is unclear.

November 30, 2010

Fund Teachers' Pension System, Oklahoma AG Says

Oklahoma's state board of education must fully fund the states' teacher pension system, despite flexibilty lawmakers recently gave the board, the state's Attorney General says.

November 29, 2010

Grading States on Charter Schools: Lots of Low Grades, Report Says

The winners in the federal Race to the Top competition earned low grades for supporting charter schools, according to an advocacy group's rankings.

November 09, 2010

Maryland Vote Complicates Race to Top Picture

A Maryland legislative committee votes to reject a regulation that ties teacher evaluation to student peformance, saying it goes beyond state law.

November 05, 2010

No Resurrection for Florida's Senate Bill 6, in Short Term

Florida's Republican-dominated legislature isn't likely to try to override Charlie Crist's veto of a controversial teacher merit-pay bill.

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