In the wake of news that California's budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion, $6.5 billion more than a January estimate, California education groups are now worried that a proposed take hike in November to fund schools won't be enough to staunch deep cuts.
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May 15, 2012
May 14, 2012
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, please go read "The Changing Face of Education Advocacy" by my colleagues Stephen Sawchuk and former State EdWatch maestro Sean Cavanagh. They both put a huge amount of work into the articles, which are running in two parts, this week and next week. One of t...
May 14, 2012
The American Legislative Exchange Council's board of directors asked its Education Task Force to revise language in a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards at its May 11 meeting in Charlotte, after which the resolution will be reconsidered by the board.
May 14, 2012
Charter school proposals in Alabama and Mississippi have gone down to defeat, with the foes ranging from Republican suburbanites in one state to a state teachers' union in another.
May 10, 2012
A May 11 vote by the American Legislative Exchange Council on a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards is drawing attention from both foes and champions of the standards.
May 09, 2012
Connecticut lawmakers approved several changes to the state's public schools proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, although some of his most controversial proposals, such as eliminating current teachers union contracts, were not among them.
May 07, 2012
Senators in Michigan passed a bill that would move up the cut-off date by which time children must turn 5 in order to attend kindergarten during that school year from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 by 2015-16, in a move they say helps other students in kindergarten and would save $50 million annually.
May 04, 2012
A new study of California public schools from 2007 to 2011 paints a fairly grim picture that includes "small progress" but major challenges remaining. Among the findings is that the state's per-pupil spending in K-12 dropped by $522, a 6 percent slump.
May 02, 2012
CORRECTED In case you haven't seen it already, it's worth noting on State EdWatch that Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that he will step down from his post on July 2. Reading the Associated Press story, Scott comes across as an education official conscious that he was caugh...
April 30, 2012
A sponsor of a tax-credit scholarship program in New Hampshire agreed to amend his legislation to ensure that losses in state aid to public schools resulting from students utilizing scholarships and transferring out of those schools would be limited.