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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.

May 24, 2011

N.J. Supreme Court Orders Funding Boosts for Poor Urban Districts

The New Jersey Supreme Court orders funding restored to the state's poorest urban districts.

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 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 06, 2011

California Teachers' Pension Benefits Not Excessive, Study Says

As debates over public pension systems play out in California and around the country, a new study shows that many workers in the state have quite generous retirement benefits, compared to the private sector. Teachers' benefits? Not as much.

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.

April 26, 2011

A Tool for Tracking School Improvement Grants

Education Sector, a Washington think tank, has created an online tool that allows the public to examine how states are using $3.5 billion in federal School Improvement Grants.

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