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December 03, 2010

North Carolina Wins over Districts on Race to Top

North Carolina's blueprint calls for new investments in technology and data and new approaches to use data. Local schools districts and charter schools appear to be committed to it.

November 19, 2010

Gov. Rick Perry Is New Republican Governors Association Chief

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been named the head of the Republican Governors Association, the AP reports. Perry has had several run-ins with the Obama adminstration over federal education funding.

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 01, 2010

Election 2010: Check Here for Edu-Updates on Governors, Superintendents' Races

State EdWatch will be examining the results of governors' and state superintendents' races. Check Politics K-12 for the latest federal updates.

October 27, 2010

State Boards of Education Seats Up for Grabs

Eleven states, plus D.C., are staging elections for state school boards on Nov. 2, races that could shape curriculum and textbook content, and broader education policy.

October 12, 2010

How 'Progressive' Is Your State's School Funding?

A new study rates the progressive and regressive nature of state school funding policies, in terms of whether they direct enough money to poor districts.

October 11, 2010

Former D.C. State Superintendent Briggs on the Move

Kerri Briggs, former state superintendent of education in Washington, D.C., has moved on to the George W. Bush Institute.

October 08, 2010

North Carolina Ends Mandatory "Gateways" for Grade Promotion

North Carolina will no longer require "gateway" end-of-grade and end-of-course tests that determined student promotion. Those measures were not having much effect anyway, state officials found.

October 07, 2010

Schools Making Deep Cuts to Jobs, Programs, Report Finds

School districts have been hammered by "The Great Recession," and it could be years before they recover, because of poor state finances, lagging home prices, and other factors, a new report concludes.

October 07, 2010

Race to the Top: A Primer from Delaware and Tennessee

A new paper examined how Race to the Top is being implemented in Delaware and Tennessee. State officials are working hard to explain the plans in local communities.

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