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June 05, 2012

Oregon Update: Castillo Resigns as Superintendent

Oregon superintendent of schools Susan Castillo announced Monday June 4 that she would resign from her position at the end of the month, about a week after the state's governor appointed Rudy Crew as Oregon's new "chief education officer."

June 04, 2012

Public-Employee Unions in Wisconsin: Less Popular than Obama?

Polling in advance of the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election reveals that residents tend to view public-employee unions unfavorably, but also believe that new limitations on collective bargaining in the state have "decreased jobs."

June 04, 2012

Florida's FCAT Responses Include a Stress on Public Relations

The Florida education department rolled out a series of responses to the FCAT scoring controversy last month, including a new parent "call center" and public forums with education commissioner Gerard Robinson. An education advocacy group overseen by former Gov. Jeb Bush also offered the help of a PR firm linked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

June 01, 2012

How Maine's Governor Connected Teacher Bonuses and Gay Marriage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have provided a salary increase to teachers with national board certification, and blasted the state teachers' union for endorsing gay marriage instead of spending more time on professional development.

May 30, 2012

Rudy Crew No Longer Reluctant to Play Education Politics?

Former New York City and Miami schools chief Rudy Crew will be named Oregon's "Chief Education Officer" by Gov. John Kitzhaber, and will have extensive powers in implementing Kitzhaber's education policies.

May 25, 2012

Push from ACLU to End Same-Sex Classes in Several States

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is attempting to stop states from implementing what the group calls the discredited and potentially illegal practice of separating male and female students into single-sex classrooms.

May 24, 2012

'I Can Make More Generals, But Horses Cost Money'

Various state are grappling with education funding problems that touch on a number of issues, from the possibility of a much shorter school year for many California districts, to the amount of "payback" North Carolina districts owe the state, and accusations New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is overstepping his authority on school funding.

May 22, 2012

Illinois Prepares to Put Kibosh on Controversial Scholarship Program

Illinois appears ready to ditch the legislative scholarships program that has been derided as a patronage plum for the children of friends to state politicians, after legislators approved a ban on the scholarships and sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for his signature.

May 18, 2012

Are Outsiders Good for 'Laboratories of Democracy'?

The role of state legislators, in a time when outside advocacy groups, think tanks and others have high profiles in education policy debates and decisions, could be in an interesting transition period.

May 16, 2012

N.H. Foes of IB Program Seek to Keep it Out of Schools

The New Hampshire Senate was scheduled to consider a bill May 16 that would block schools from using the International Baccalaureate course of study, which detractors say promotes a distasteful international ideology.

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