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September 01, 2011

Parents' Group Sets Out to Stave Off K-12 Spending Cuts

A national nonprofit, Parents for Public Schools, is trying to encourage families to get involved in protecting school budgets from cuts.

August 30, 2011

Districts, Coping with Cuts, Do the Personnel Shuffle

Across the country, districts are being forced to engage in a madcap shuffling of teachers and other personnel to cover for staff lost to budget cuts.

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.

August 03, 2011

Will Debt Deal Slow States' Education Agendas?

Some state officials are worried that the spending cuts imposed in the new deal to raise the debt ceiling will hinder state education "reforms" in areas such as teacher evaluation, standards, and assessment.

July 22, 2011

Fighting Over 'Red Tape Reduction' Law in Louisiana

A judge declares that a state law, meant to give districts the right to ignore certain state education laws, is unconstitutional.

July 14, 2011

New Guidelines Proposed for Reporting Pension Costs

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has proposed new guidelines for how state and local governments should report pension liabilities.

July 12, 2011

Calculating the Savings From Ending Last-in, First-Out

A pair of authors examined Washington state data on teacher layoffs and found that districts wouldn't have to give nearly as many teachers the boot, if they did not protect jobs based on seniority.

July 01, 2011

Minn. Government Shuts Down: What It Means for Schools

Most state money will still flow to schools during Minnesota's government shutdown but state functions like renewing teacher liscensing, and judging whether schools have made adequate yearly progress, will stop.

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 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.

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