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February 16, 2012

New York State, Union Reach a Deal on Teacher Evaluation

New York officials have resolved a standoff over teacher-evaluation that had imperiled the state's $700 million award in the federal Race to the Top competition.

February 16, 2012

Arizona Measure Seeks to Clean Up Teachers' Speech

A Republican-sponsosed measure would ban swearing and foul language by teachers, as judged by the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission.

February 15, 2012

New Mexico Gets NCLB Waiver, One Week Late

New Mexico, which has been initially denied a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, has been granted that flexibilty today by federal officials.

February 14, 2012

Two New England States Hold Off on Waivers, for Now

New Hampshire and Maine have decided not to apply for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, citing concerns about the impact on rural schools.

February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers Point to National Curriculum, Report Argues

A report by former counsels to the U.S. Department of Education under George W. Bush says the Obama administration's waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act promote a national curriculum.

February 07, 2012

South Carolina Schools Chief Blasts Draft Pension Rules

Mick Zais, in characteristically strong language, asks U.S. Department of Treasury officials to reject rules that he says could affect charter school employees.

February 03, 2012

Shift Away from 'Seat Time' on Display in States

States are moving away from "seat-time" requirements as they try to help students are falling behind, want to race ahead, or not served by traditional school schedules and structures.

February 03, 2012

NGA Ed. Committee Seeking More Flexibility in Renewed ESEA

The National Governor's Association wants Congress to give states lots of running room when it comes to crafting their accountability plans, according to an interim proposal outlining NGA's priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

February 01, 2012

Colo. Lawsuit Challenges Voter-Knows-Best Policy on Taxes

A Colorado lawsuit challenges the TABOR amendment, which requires tax increases to go before voters in a referendum. The suit, which faces long odds, could have major implications for education.

January 30, 2012

Charter School Closures Are Down, But Why?

Of charter schools that were reviewed for renewal, about 6 percent were closed, a decrease from the previous two years. Whether that means enforcement has become more lax, or charter operators have become better, is an open question.

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