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March 04, 2011

Duncan Talks Scott Walker, Collective Bargaining

Arne Duncan provides a few details on his talk with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and says that changing collective bargaining can save some costs.

February 25, 2011

Wisconsin School Officials Question Gov's Promises of Savings

School district leaders are worried that Gov. Scott Walker's controversial proposal to curb collective bargaining and ask employees to pay more for benefit will hurt their school systems, going forward.

February 18, 2011

Duncan, Obama Weigh in on Wisconsin Protests

President Obama speaks on the Wisconsin protests over the governor's plans to restrict collective bargaining, and warns against demonizing public employees. Arne Duncan calls for cooperation.

February 11, 2011

West Virginia Names Jorea Marple Schools Chief

Jorea Marple, a former teacher, principal and superintendent, is West Virginia's new superintendent of schools.

January 28, 2011

Forget the Warm-and-Fuzzies on Oklahoma's Board of Ed

Members of Oklahoma's board of education clash with the newly elected state schools chief, Janet Barresi.

January 25, 2011

Rhode Island Group Lobbies to Keep State Board, and Deborah Gist

A group called RI-CAN enlists current and former public officials, including Jeb Bush and Andres Alonso, to keep the composition of the state's board of education and keep state schools chief Deborah Gist in her job.

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 11, 2011

Bill Honig Withdraws Name as Calif. Governor's Appointee

Bill Honig had been appointed to the California state board of education by new Gov. Jerry Brown, despite a past criminal conviction. Honig withdrew his name on Monday, and was replaced by Ilene Straus, an assistant school superintendent.

January 08, 2011

Jerry Brown Appoints Board, Cuts Ed Secretary Post

New California Gov. Jerry Brown is out of gate quickly on school issues, doing away with the state's secretary of education position and making appointments to the state's board of ed—which have drawn criticism.

December 07, 2010

Study: Fla. Tax Credit Program Improved Public School Scores

A study finds that Florida public schools that face a greater threat of losing student to private schools improve their test scores by more than schools that don't face that competition. The effect was stronger in elementary and middle than in high school.

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