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.