2010 September School Reform News

Issue Date: 
September, 2010

The September issue of School Reform News leads with a report on the Obama administration’s Common Core Standards Initiative. Thirty-seven states have signed on to the national curriculum program, while a small handful have refused to do so.

Also in this issue:

  • The California State Board of Education has adopted emergency regulations that describe how parents may exercise their rights under the “parent trigger” reform law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in January.
  • A bipartisan group of officials in Minnesota has lined up against the voluntary national frameworks for mathematics. Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature expressed concern about federal overreach and said the Common Core standards are not rigorous enough to replace existing state standards.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two appeals of the ruling last year by a three-judge panel finding Arizona’s tax credit unconstitutionally advances religion because most taxpayers donate scholarship funds to religious schools.
  • The Louisiana Federation of Teachers has asked a court to overturn a new law allowing public school districts and principals to seek waivers from a host of state regulations to give struggling schools more flexibility to implement reforms.
  • The North Carolina general assembly failed to act on legislation to lift the state’s cap on charter schools. Disappointed charter school supporters say they will try again in 2011.
  • Schools in Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia are under investigation for manipulating students’ answers on standardized tests. Meanwhile, a Georgia probe could lead to sanctions for more than 100 teachers and administrators in Atlanta.
  • A Harvard study questions the merits of Florida’s class-size reduction program as voters consider a November ballot measure to roll back the mandate’s more stringent provisions.

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