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January 23, 2012

Florida Unveils New Grades for School Districts

Florida' state education commissioner, Gerard Robinson, says a new grading system will provide more information to parents and taxpayers on the strengths and weaknesses of school districts.

January 12, 2012

Review Finds Studies of Charter Schools Flawed, Problematic

Many charter school studies have methodological flaws, and state laws often stand in the way of researchers gathering good information, a review finds.

January 10, 2012

Florida Governor Asks Lawmakers to Boost School Spending

Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes new spending on schools, but Democrats say his plans won't make up for deep cuts imposed last year.

January 06, 2012

NJ's Request for Waivers Draws Criticism from Advocacy Group

The Education Law Center says that claims that New Jersey's plan to secure a waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act could result in federal funding not going to the neediest students.

January 04, 2012

NY's Cuomo: 2010 Teacher-Evaluation Law Not Working (Updated)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asks lawmakers to revise the state's teacher-evaluation law, and the implications for New York's $700 million Race to the Top award are unclear.

December 30, 2011

Report Finds Child Poverty Rising in the States

Child poverty has risen steadily over the past four years, and 6.5 million children under the age of 18 are living in families with an unemployed parent, according to the Brookings Institution.

December 22, 2011

Conn. Governor Prods Lawmakers After Race to Top Loss

Gov. Dannel Malloy says the state's weak showing in the recent Race to the Top competition should motivate lawmakers to change education policy.

December 21, 2011

About 15 Percent of Charter Schools Shut Down, Group Says

The greatest proportion of charter schools, about 42 percent, close for financial reasons, followed by mismanagement, and academic problems, the Center for Education Reform says.

December 20, 2011

Fla. AG Submits New Ballot Wording for Constitutional Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida could clear the way for more private school vouchers, critics say.

December 20, 2011

Charter School Expansion Underway in Michigan

Republican Gov. Rick Synder has signed into law a proposal, backed by the state's GOP-led legislature, that will remove caps on charter school growth.

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