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October 21, 2010

Battles for State Schools Chief in Full Swing

Seven state superintendents' races will be decided Nov. 2. And in several other states, the winners of the governors' contests will pick the schools chief.

October 20, 2010

New Jersey's Christie Seeks to Hire Rhee, Report Says

Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey, has courted Michelle Rhee to become his state schools chief, according to a report.

October 20, 2010

Recession Forcing School Cuts, Consolidations, NGA Says

Many states have been forced to cut programs and services for K-12 schools, and are raising or considering increasing class sizes, a new National Governors Association Report says.

October 18, 2010

UPDATED: California Governor, Schools Chief Square Off Over Data System

California's state superintendent of schools, Jack O'Connell responded angrily to Gov. Arnold Schwazenegger's veto of funding for the state's longitudinal data system.

October 12, 2010

How 'Progressive' Is Your State's School Funding?

A new study rates the progressive and regressive nature of state school funding policies, in terms of whether they direct enough money to poor districts.

October 12, 2010

Race to the Top: Heavy Lifting from the Locals

Local school districts in the winning "Race to the Top" states are facing deadlines to show how they'll do their part.

October 11, 2010

Former D.C. State Superintendent Briggs on the Move

Kerri Briggs, former state superintendent of education in Washington, D.C., has moved on to the George W. Bush Institute.

October 08, 2010

North Carolina Ends Mandatory "Gateways" for Grade Promotion

North Carolina will no longer require "gateway" end-of-grade and end-of-course tests that determined student promotion. Those measures were not having much effect anyway, state officials found.

October 07, 2010

Schools Making Deep Cuts to Jobs, Programs, Report Finds

School districts have been hammered by "The Great Recession," and it could be years before they recover, because of poor state finances, lagging home prices, and other factors, a new report concludes.

October 07, 2010

Legal Questions Cloud Facebook Founder's Gift to Newark

New Jersey's acting commissioner of education testifies that state law forbids mayors or governors from having control over state-run districts, a key idea behind a plan to rescue Newark schools.

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