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April 26, 2011

A Tool for Tracking School Improvement Grants

Education Sector, a Washington think tank, has created an online tool that allows the public to examine how states are using $3.5 billion in federal School Improvement Grants.

April 18, 2011

Power Struggles Over Education in the States

Governors in several states are pursuing proposals that would give them more power over school issues, in some cases by removing it from state boards or consolidating agencies.

April 15, 2011

Race to the Top: Competition Within a Competition

Georgia, which walked away a $400 million winner in the Race to the Top competition, has used a portion of its award to create a mini-competition among its districts and schools.

April 08, 2011

Sizing Up School Layoffs Across the States

Estimates of coming school layoffs, if projected state budget cuts go through, range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands, depending on the state.

April 06, 2011

Facing the Funding Cliff

States and school districts are finally reaching the "funding cliff"--the point at which $100 billion in economic stimulus money runs out. Many are expected to be forced to make major cuts to programs and personnel.

April 05, 2011

Will States Hold the Line on Tax Hikes? History Says No

A new analysis shows that states tend to raise taxes at the end of recessions, in an effort to recover lost revenue. Will lawmakers and governors do the same in 2011?

March 30, 2011

State Budgets Recovering, but Tough Times Await

State tax revenues rose for the fifth straight quarter, according to U.S. Census data, but K-12 system face a lot of problems ahead.

March 21, 2011

Eric J. Smith to Step Down as Florida Schools Chief

Florida's commissioner of Education since 2007 is leaving at a time of major changes for the state's school system and as it implements Race to the Top.

March 08, 2011

A Badger State Breakdown, Courtesy of PolitiFact

PolitiFact breaks down the various claims from the Wisconsin battle over collective bargaining rights for teachers and others, and finds both sides straying from the truth on occasion.

March 07, 2011

Wisconsin Governor's Agenda, for Third Grade

Lost in the furor of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to put new limits on public employees' collective bargaining is a plan he has to try to promote literacy by 3rd grade.

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