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December 08, 2011

Some States Move Away from Exit Exams; More Change Coming

A few states have dropped exit exams recently, and more states will move away from them to "common-core" assessments, a new report finds.

December 07, 2011

Shifting Prospects, Shifting Politics on School Funding?

Officials in Montana and South Dakota say the budget picture has improved, which could help schools. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is now pledging to support school, funding, after making major cuts to K-12.

December 06, 2011

Study Finds Only 13 State Laws Address Off-Campus Bullying

A new review of state bullying laws by the federal Department of Education finds wide variation in protection and punishment for students who are bullied and harassed.

November 30, 2011

Report Ranks Districts on Promoting School Choice, Competition

New York, Chicago, and Duval County, Fla., score well on a ranking of districts that provide students with access to school choice and competition. Orange County, and Miami, Fla., Dallas, and Philadelphia, among others, fare poorly.

November 29, 2011

Gauging Public Opinion on Tax Hikes for Schools? Good Luck

A pair of polls, out of California and Pennsylvania, would seem to indicate public support for spending more on education. But voters' appetite for tax hikes for K-12 is hard to predict.

November 28, 2011

Iowa Governor to Wait on Teacher Pay Plan, Build Support

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will wait a year before trying to pass his tiered pay plan for teachers, saying he wants to build support for his proposal.

November 22, 2011

State School Boards Group Names New Director

Jim Kohlmoos, the current president of the Knowledge Alliance, in Washington, has been named the next executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

November 18, 2011

Top Staffer at National Governors' Group Leaving Post

Dane Linn, who helped lead the effort to establish common academic standards at the National Governors Association, is leaving his post to join the College Board.

November 15, 2011

Teacher Layoff Numbers Overstated? Survey Suggests 'Yes'

A survey of 74 school districts finds they laid off only about 2.5 percent of their teachers over the past two years, despite absorbing serious budget cuts, while cutting central office staff.

October 21, 2011

Louisiana Says No to Race to Top, and Senator Isn't Happy

Sen. Mary Landrieu writes a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, wanting to know why his administration did not appy for the latest Race to the Top competition,involving early learning.

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