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January 30, 2013

Wyoming K-12 Chief Stripped of Powers, Files Lawsuit

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed legislation stripping Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of her K-12 authority. Hill has sued to overturn the law.

January 29, 2013

Does 'Revolving Door' for Voucher Lobbyists Spin Fast in Wisconsin?

Voucher lobbyists in Wisconsin include three former Republican speakers in the state Assembly. Vouchers could also expand into Tennessee and North Carolina in 2013.

January 28, 2013

Massachusetts' Mitch Chester on Common Core, Gov. Patrick's K-12 Plan

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitch Chester praised Gov. Deval Patrick's 2013 budget proposals for K-12, and defended the Common Core State Standards in an interview.

January 24, 2013

With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores

The Illinois State Board of Education is slated to vote on a proposal from Superintendent Christopher Koch to raise cut scores on state reading and math tests.

January 24, 2013

Florida Teacher Pay Raises: A Side Effect of Court Ruling on Pensions?

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision on the state pension system could be influencing Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to raise teacher salaries.

January 17, 2013

Indiana Governor's K-12 Budget Includes Performance Funding

New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has proposed that a 1 percent K-12 funding increase in fiscal 2015 be awarded based on student performance.

January 15, 2013

New Gun Laws, Money for School Safety Poised to Pass in N.Y.

New York is about to adopt strict new gun control policies and create "school safety improvement teams" following the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

January 11, 2013

Rhee vs. QC: How StudentsFirst's Report Card and Quality Counts Differ

Although both Education Week and StudentsFirst released state K-12 rankings in the second week of January, there were several differences in how the rankings worked.

January 10, 2013

Education Week's Quality Counts: Maryland's Winning Streak at Five

For the fifth year in a row, Maryland received top marks in Education Week's annual Quality Counts report, followed by Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Arkansas.

January 08, 2013

California Should Suspend Some Tests for 2013-14, Tom Torlakson Says

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has recommended suspending some tests in 2013-14 to help the state prepare for the Common Core State Standards.

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