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February 22, 2011

Protests, Legislative Standoff Continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's leading teachers' union tells its member to go back to the classroom, but protests over Gov. Scott Walker's plan to cut collective bargaining rights are expected to continue.

February 17, 2011

Idaho Education Proposal Modified (But Not Too Much)

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna modifies his proposed overhaul of the state's education system to give districts more flexibility on

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 01, 2011

States Seek to Cut Back Teacher Pension Costs

Ohio and New Jersey are considering major pension cuts, and legislation on that issue seems likely to emerge in Florida, too.

January 31, 2011

A Leaner Preschool Program in Iowa?

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, following up on a campaign pledge, has proposed cutting his state's preschool program, arguing that it should be replaced with a need-based system.

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 21, 2011

Can States Escape Pension Obligations Through Bankruptcy?

Some federal lawmakers are showing an interest in states being allowed to declare bankruptcy to escape from pensions obligations, including those covering teachers.

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 12, 2011

School Budget Crises: An Online Discussion

Ed Week readers can submit questions for our on online chat on the budget crisis facing schools, scheduled for today, Wednesday, at 2 p.m.

January 12, 2011

States Look to Change Teacher Pension Systems

Personnel costs—salaries and benefits—make up a huge portion of school budgets, and they're difficult to cut. At the state level, elected officials are determined to bring down the costs of pensions, in particular.

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