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April 27, 2012

ALEC Documents Show Meeting Attendees, Legislation Mark-Up

After filing a complaint with the IRS this week over the tax-exempt status of ALEC, Common Cause made public several documents related to ALEC's legislative work, including in the education field. ALEC dismissed this complaint as motivated by partisan ill-will.

April 26, 2012

Conn.'s Malloy Faces Tough Slog to Win Support on Ed. Plans

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said he would continue to fight for his education proposals, even as poll numbers indicate they don't enjoy strong support, and state lawmakers have moved to water down his new teacher evaluation system.

April 20, 2012

A Chance to Play Education Buzzword Bingo

The Education Commission of the States looks at governors' State of the State speeches from the last several years to see how often education was mentioned, and how often various education terms and phrases were brought up.

April 17, 2012

Study: Early Learning in Kansas Tops Retail Trade in Economic Power

A report from a coalition of business leaders states that every dollar invested in early learning programs in Kansas generates 68 cents for the state's economy, beating out manufacturing and retail in terms of its economic impact.

April 09, 2012

Walker Signs Abstinence-Only Sex Ed. Bill in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law abstinence-only sex education for students on Thursday, repealing a state law passed in 2010 that required schools to teach the benefits of contraceptives in sex education classes

April 06, 2012

Spotlight Hits ALEC After Trayvon Martin Shooting

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that writes model legislation for state lawmakers supporting parent-trigger and charter schools, is getting more attention after the Trayvon Martin shooting and lost two corporate members this week.

April 03, 2012

Ga. Proposes 'Financial Efficiency' Category for School Scoring

A law approved by Georgia lawmakers that would create a school and district scoring system has an unusual wrinkle: a measure that measures "financial efficiency."

April 02, 2012

Falk, Not Barrett, Maintains Backing of Wisconsin Teachers

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett created national headlines by jumping into the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on March 30, but the state teachers' union has already agreed to back fellow Democratic candidate Kathleen Falk.

March 30, 2012

Hitching Up Pants Could Become Mandatory in Volunteer State

Tennessee is considering "baggy pants" legislation that could make it the latest state to adopt a law prohibiting students from exposing their underwear.

March 30, 2012

Oregon Ed. Investment Board Using Achievement 'Compacts'

I did not mention the Oregon Education Investment Board in my March 28 story on governor-driven education legislation in 2012, because the board was actually established through state legislation last year. However, Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber is chairman of that board, and this month the board a...

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