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January 27, 2011

In Indiana, Graduate Early, Get State Aid for College?

A proposal in Indiana, backed by top state elected officials, would allow high school seniors who graduate early to use a portion of per-pupil state aid for college.

January 25, 2011

Rhode Island Group Lobbies to Keep State Board, and Deborah Gist

A group called RI-CAN enlists current and former public officials, including Jeb Bush and Andres Alonso, to keep the composition of the state's board of education and keep state schools chief Deborah Gist in her job.

January 25, 2011

Duncan Sets a High Standard for a High-Performing State

In Minnesota, Arne Duncan urges the state to do better, despite its high scores on national tests, and relatively strong showings on the international scale.

January 21, 2011

Can States Escape Pension Obligations Through Bankruptcy?

Some federal lawmakers are showing an interest in states being allowed to declare bankruptcy to escape from pensions obligations, including those covering teachers.

January 19, 2011

UPDATED: The Costs of Class-Size Reductions in Florida

Florida schools and districts face potentially big penalties for not complying with a mandate to cap class sizes, even as policymakers in other parts of the country contemplate allowing class sizes to rise.

January 06, 2011

Race to the Top, the Broadway Version

Newly elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes the creation of a pair of $250 million competitions to reward districts for academic performance and finding cost savings,

January 04, 2011

Hickenlooper to Lead Education Policy Group

Denver Mayor and Colorado governor-in-waiting John Hickenlooper has been named the next chair of the Education Commission of the States.

December 29, 2010

Former Aide to Jeb Bush Named to New Mexico Schools Post

Hanna Skandera, who served as an aide to former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been picked as New Mexico's next education secretary, according to a report.

December 27, 2010

A Hard Line on Public Workers' Pensions from Congressional Republicans

Several states are facing major shortfalls in their pension and health care systems, and Republican-sponsored proposal in Congress seeks to make their liabilities more transparent, so that the public understands the bill coming due.

December 22, 2010

Nebraska Looks for Spanish-Language Teachers—from Mexico

Nebraska will draw from Mexico to fill some of its hard-to-staff teaching spots in Spanish language instruction and bilingual education.

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