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April 29, 2015

Special Session for School Funding Begins in Washington State

The Washington state Supreme Court has said that if lawmakers don't dramatically overhaul and increase K-12 spending in their 2015-17 budget, the justices could impose financial sanctions.

April 27, 2015

Nev. Vendor: American Institutes for Research at Fault for Testing Disruptions

The American Institutes for Research has emerged as major player in recent years in the increasingly competitive world of state assessments.

April 24, 2015

Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.

April 24, 2015

Mississippi Veto Shows States' Diverse Political Responses to Common Core

In vetoing a review, Gov. Phil Bryant said he could not let it "become law under the guise that it would lead to the demise of common core."

April 23, 2015

Common-Core Exam Leaked in N.Y. as Media Tracks Testing Opt-Outs

According to the New York Post, portions of New York state's English/language arts test were posted Wednesday on a Facebook group called "Education is a Journey, Not a Race."

April 22, 2015

Bills to Repeal Common Core Hit Roadblocks; Will Reviews Satisfy Foes?

Common-core-repeal bills are failing widely in state legislatures this year, but will bills to review the standards fare any better?

April 21, 2015

Tax-Credit Scholarships Get OK From Texas Senate; House to Follow?

Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.

April 21, 2015

Pa. Court Dismisses Districts' Challenge to State School Funding System

The six districts and other plaintiffs claimed in the suit that the state had given students academic standards to meet, but not the resources to do so.

April 20, 2015

PARCC Opt-Outs Raise Question About Score Validity

There are two testing windows for PARCC, one of two assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. What implications does that have for students who might opt out?

April 20, 2015

Washington Teachers Plan Strikes to Protest State K-12 Funding Proposals

Teachers in the Evergreen State say lawmakers aren't doing enough to satisfy a voter-approved initiative to cut class size and meet other K-12 budget imperatives.

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