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August 11, 2015

Principals Tell Scott Walker: Your War on 'Big Government' Isn't Helping Schools

A group of 35 principals from the southern Wisconsin area wrote to Gov. Scott Walker arguing that in the current policy and political climate, districts simply don't have enough power.

August 10, 2015

Not Putting on the Ritz: Indiana Schools Chief Drops Out of Governor's Race

Ritz announced she was pulling out of the race in order to focus on a bid for a second term as state superintendent. Indiana's gubernatorial election is next year.

August 06, 2015

Students Need Not Meet Common-Core Test's Cut Score to Graduate in Wash. St.

To be considered ready for credit-bearing college work, students should score at levels 3 or 4, but the state school board set a different minimum score to earn a diploma.

August 05, 2015

High Expulsion Rates, Lower Test Scores for Oregon English-Language Learners

"Disciplinary actions that take students out of the classroom can make it more difficult for them to stay on track to graduate," a Regional Education Laboratory report stated.

August 04, 2015

Push for Local Control by Ohio Districts Opposes State, Federal Policy Meddling

Fed up with what they see as policies from state and national lawmakers that bog teachers down, a group of districts in Ohio have formed a network to push for greater local control.

August 02, 2015

Gov. Christie: Teachers' Unions Need a 'Punch in the Face' and Are 'Destructive'

Seeking an upper hand in a crowded GOP presidential election field, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for an uppercut to his old political foe.

July 31, 2015

Jeb Bush Highlights Black, Hispanic Test Scores in National Urban League Speech

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spent a good chunk of time on his education record during a July 31 speech to the National Urban League. What did he focus on?

July 30, 2015

Ark. Common-Core Review Recommends a Smartphone App ... And Another Review

The latest state to complete a review of the standards is Arkansas. But its review has led to a somewhat unusual, if not unique, recommendation.

July 29, 2015

Opt-Out Resolution From N.J. Senate Seeks End to 'Sit and Stare' Policies

The resolution, which passed by voice vote on July 23, asks the education department to develop the guidelines for students opting out of standardized tests by Sept. 1.

July 22, 2015

As PARCC Sheds States, Is the Common-Core Test Toast or Tougher Than it Looks?

PARCC has plans to survive, but the fate of the common-core testing consortium remains very much up in the air as the 2015-16 school year approaches.

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