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April 25, 2018
By Tim Benson, Vicki Alger
Students should not have to wait years at a time or become victims of violent crime before their parents are allowed to transfer them to safer schools.
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Education
April 19, 2018
By Vicki Alger, Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
On the 19th anniversary of Columbine.
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Education
November 13, 2015
By Vicki Alger
The Oklahoma Education Savings Account Act, coauthored by state Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) and state Sen.
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Education
December 4, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Sam Brownback is the latest Kansas governor to establish a schools efficiency task force. He may be the only one to have prompted a dueling task force from offended school board members.
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Education
November 30, 2012
By Vicki Alger
New Hampshire’s board of education said it will not approve new charter schools until the legislature sends them more money, and the results of November’s elections mean that may be difficult in the next legislative session.
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Education
November 13, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Idaho voters overturned three education reform laws in November’s elections, sending Republican lawmakers back to the drawing board over online learning, teacher evaluations, and merit pay. Gov.
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Education
October 23, 2012
By Vicki Alger
A group of grandparents is suing Idaho and all its school districts over a fees these charge their grandchildren to attend “free, common schools.” Leading the charge is Russ Joki, an Idaho superintendent from 1980 to 1985.
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Education
October 21, 2012
By Vicki Alger
More than 280,000 students and their guardians are suing Idaho and all its school districts for charging kids fees to attend “free, common schools.” Former Idaho superintendent Russ Joki is leading the charge.
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Education
October 16, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Idaho voters will decide on November 6 whether three education reform laws will stay on the books. In 2011, the Idaho legislature passed three laws championed by state Superintendent Tom Luna in 2011.
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Education
September 11, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Two national polls both found 70 percent of U.S. voters support Parent Trigger laws, which give a majority of parents the power to require improvements at their children’s failing schools.
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Education
August 28, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Just 55 percent of New York City teachers completing their three-year probationary periods earned tenure in 2012, compared with 97 percent in 2007.
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Education
August 17, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Removing a major obstacle during contentious contract talks, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union reached an agreement to lengthen students’ school day without lengthening most teachers’ workdays by hiring 477 new teachers.
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Education
August 3, 2012
By Vicki Alger
If Illinois school districts and teachers paid a share of their own pension contributions, scarce taxpayer dollars could go to the schools that need them most, according to a new report from the Illinois Policy Institute.
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Education
July 25, 2012
By Vicki Alger
More than 10,000 students applied to attend private schools this fall under Louisiana’s statewide voucher program, five times more than State Superintendent John White anticipated.
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Education
July 16, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed Missouri’s first major piece of charter school legislation since its first in 1998: Senate Bill 576 will allow charter schools to open statewide and make it easier to close poor-performing ones.
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Education
July 16, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Because it limits how the federal government can require states to do its bidding in exchange for taxpayer dollars, the Supreme Court’s recent healthcare ruling could have consequences for education policy. The U.S.
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Education
July 8, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Local officials have released a plan to rebuild the long-ailing Philadelphia School District from the ground up.“The current structure doesn’t work,” said School Reform Commission (SRC) ChairmanPedro Ramos.
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Education
June 30, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Public colleges and universities are remarkably poor at providing students and taxpayers transparent, objective measures of their worth even as tuition has grown three times the rate of inflation in the past three decades, according to a new report
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Education
June 6, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Maine has passed a new law that will base high school graduation on student proficiency rather than seat time.
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Education
June 5, 2012
By Vicki Alger
The Missouri legislature has passed its first major piece of charter school legislation since its first in 1998: Senate Bill 576 would allow charter schools to open statewide and make it easier to close poor-performing ones.
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Education
May 25, 2012
By Vicki Alger
States could save more than $92 million annually and expand education options by letting veterans direct their education benefits to their children using Military Education Savings Accounts, according to a new report from the Independent Women’s Forum.
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Education
May 9, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Local officials have released a plan to eliminate the long-ailing Philadelphia School District and rebuild from the ground up.
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Education
May 1, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Illinois Democrats in control of a legislative subcommittee appear to be stalling on bills that would end the controversial practice of allowing state legislators to award in-state public university scholarships to anyone they choose.
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Education
April 25, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Louisiana’s Recovery School District is improving student performance by creating the country’s first choice-based, charter-school district, and a new guidebook shows other cities how they can do the same.
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Education
April 14, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Western Governors University is pioneering a new, fast-growing model of education: Competency-based learning. In traditional classrooms, time is fixed and student learning varies.
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Education
April 13, 2012
By Vicki Alger
A confidential memo from the director of Illinois’ largest state pension system said decades’ worth of unfunded liabilities may require the state to cut benefits for current and retired teachers.
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Education
April 6, 2012
By Vicki Alger
A new survey finds huge majorities of teachers are satisfied with their jobs and embrace limiting tenure, more rigorous evaluations that include student achievement growth as a measure, and ending last in, first out hiring and firing practices.
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Education
March 30, 2012
By Vicki Alger
The New Hampshire Senate on March 21 passed a bill that would create a statewide education tax-credit scholarship program.
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Education
March 28, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Legislation under consideration in New Jersey would require annual evaluations and evidence of student achievement growth for a teacher to earn tenure and would make it easier to fire ineffective teachers.
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Education
 

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