April 25, 2018
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.
April 19, 2018
On the 19th anniversary of Columbine.
November 13, 2015
The Oklahoma Education Savings Account Act, coauthored by state Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) and state Sen.
December 4, 2012
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.
November 30, 2012
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.
November 13, 2012
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.
October 23, 2012
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.
October 21, 2012
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.
October 16, 2012
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.
September 11, 2012
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.
August 28, 2012
Just 55 percent of New York City teachers completing their three-year probationary periods earned tenure in 2012, compared with 97 percent in 2007.
August 17, 2012
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.
August 3, 2012
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.
July 25, 2012
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.
July 16, 2012
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.
July 16, 2012
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.
July 8, 2012
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.
June 30, 2012
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
June 6, 2012
Maine has passed a new law that will base high school graduation on student proficiency rather than seat time.
June 5, 2012
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.
May 25, 2012
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.
May 9, 2012
Local officials have released a plan to eliminate the long-ailing Philadelphia School District and rebuild from the ground up.
May 1, 2012
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.
April 25, 2012
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.
April 14, 2012
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.
April 13, 2012
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.
April 6, 2012
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.
March 30, 2012
The New Hampshire Senate on March 21 passed a bill that would create a statewide education tax-credit scholarship program.
March 28, 2012
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.