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June 27, 2012

Iowa Asks for 'One-Year Freeze' on NCLB Accountability

Iowa is asking for a "one-year freeze on accountability measures in the federal No Child Left Behind Act after the U.S. Department of Education turned down the state's request for a waiver from the federal law last week.

June 27, 2012

Arizona Reminds Us: Don't Forget Ballot Initiatives!

Arizona's secretary of state rejected a ballot initiative this week that would extend a sales tax increase and earmark much of the money for education, but a group supporting the tax hike said it would challenge that decision in court.

June 25, 2012

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?

An analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that 100 bills related to the Common Core State Standards were introduced in state legislatures in 2012, and 39 were passed into law.

June 21, 2012

Will N.Y. Set a Precedent with Cuomo Evaluation Disclosure Bill?

New York lawmakers are studying a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would allow parents to see performance ratings of their children's teachers, but would otherwise prevent the public from seeing names attached to school employees' performance ratings.

June 19, 2012

Obama Push on Mandatory Attendance Age Stalls in States

Only one state this year heeded the call made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address for states to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18. One reason may be that states are too preoccupied with significant education policy issues to focus attention on the compulsory age.

June 15, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Appear to Reach Deal Related to NCLB Waiver

Ohio lawmakers appear to have struck a deal on a package of education legislation pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich that includes a deal on a school grading system crucial to the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

June 13, 2012

Idaho Ballot Another Litmus Test for Teachers' Unions?

A ballot referendum fight in Idaho features state superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter against the Idaho Education Association over the faate of new laws related to merit pay and collective bargaining rights.

June 11, 2012

New York's Big Cities (Not Just the Big Apple) Lag Behind State Grad. Rate

Graduation rates for the 2007 cohort of New York State high school students rose slightly, the state department reported on June 11, but significant achievement gaps exist between minorities and whites, urban/suburban and low-need schools, and between schools in "large cities" and others.

June 08, 2012

Duncan to Vermont: Department Still 'Open for Business' on Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said his department would welcome Vermont back to the negotiating table after the state dropped its NCLB waiver application; Kentucky's education commissioner Terry Holliday gets a new contract; and a Louisiana teachers' union files two lawsuits challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new education overhaul.

June 06, 2012

Walker's Statement on Education Will Provide Thrills or Chills

In a statement after his victory in the recall election June 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he was looking forward to addressing "education reform" at a cabinent meeting he hoped to convene the next day.

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