2013 October School Reform News

Issue Date: 
October, 2013
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The October issue of School Reform News reports, despite 13 weeks of teachers union protests, North Carolina passed into law a state budget that makes thousands of poor children eligible for vouchers, eliminates K-12 tenure, ends automatic pay increases for master’s degrees, and creates an A–F public school grading system.

Also in this issue:

  • School districts across the country are digging through the details to see how the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will affect their budgets starting January 1, 2014. The law’s mandates are causing schools to fire employees, reduce employee hours, and otherwise slash education spending.
  • So many students want Louisiana’s “mini-vouchers” that state officials are scrambling to find additional money for them.
  • Georgia drops national Common Core tests upon learning their costs.
  • Regulations from the Obama administration have prompted more schools and districts to take the extraordinary step of dropping federal lunch subsidies.
  • After adopting Common Core national education standards, which do not require students to learn cursive handwriting, several states have passed legislation requiring public schools to teach it
  • Administrators earn outsized pensions at the expense of young teachers, according to a new study.
  • New York lawmakers join the crowd of states reconsidering Common Core and testing policies.

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