Laws

3/26/2013

3/26/2013

“Put kids first!” was the battle cry at this morning’s rally, leading up to the hearing where the justices will listen to attorneys from the State of Louisiana and Institute for Justice argue in support of the constitutionality of the scholarship program’s funding mechanism.

3/25/2013

3/25/2013

In 1994 Michigan passed Gun Free School zones giving rise to zero tolerance policies in districts across the state.

3/25/2013

Nearly 200 water fountains and sinks in Jersey City public schools contained lead contamination above federal environmental standards during recent testing, according to a report unearthed by a Jersey City parent.

3/21/2013

3/21/2013

A group of 87 local business leaders have come out in support of Governor Deval Patrick’s early education plan, and the taxes tied to it —which they say are necessary investments to ensure a well-educated workforce.

3/21/2013

With Jennifer Carroll out, Gov. Rick Scott has the opportunity to pick a new lieutenant to help him lead.

3/20/2013

3/20/2013

The Alabama legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs, which proponents said will help more students stay in school and get jobs when they graduate. A bill authorizing a $50 million bond issue has moved through the legislature with bipartisan support.

3/20/2013

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has filed an amicus brief in an employment case asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to hamper school districts’ abilities to discipline or fire employees.

3/18/2013

3/18/2013

Detroit's students, and students in struggling schools statewide, deserve representatives that fight for them. We've all heard the facts that came to light once Michigan's worst schools had to open their doors -- single-digit proficiency rates in reading and math, and 38,000 pounds of trash crammed around desks and in the halls. These are the conditions far too many of Michigan's children face every day, and now there is an organized effort to lock them in for years to come.

3/13/2013

3/13/2013

Over the past week, since Congress failed to prevent the implementation of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, parents of students in Defense Department schools around the globe have heard all sorts of rumors regarding how the cuts will affect them.

3/8/2013

3/8/2013

An Alabama judge has blocked the signing of a hotly contested education bill that has divided the state legislature. Democrats are heralding the decision as a victory but state GOP leaders say the bill was passed fair and square and say the judicial branch needs to butt out of the legislative process.

3/6/2013

3/6/2013

State policies, budgets and regulations have a significant impact on school implementation of educational technology. Since the beginning of the New Year, governors across the country have been delivering their State of the State speeches and presenting their budget proposals for the next fiscal year. As outlined in a new SIIA members-only report, education including technology was a key theme for many governors.

3/6/2013

The chairman of Florida's Senate education committee, John Legg, has introduced a bill postponing the next generation of standardized tests until Florida schools prove they have technology and broadband capable of handling the computerized tests.

3/6/2013

School superintendents across the nation are bracing for the deep cuts of sequestration, the federal policy consequence for continued Congressional inaction. In a report released today by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), hundreds of districts across the nation provided details describing what the cuts would look like in their district, reporting jobs cut, programs eliminated, and other negative impacts.

Nearly 400 responses from 42 states paint a dreary picture as it relates to the nation’s public schools and the sequester.

3/6/2013

Everyone in Olympia is talking about how important education is these days. With a mandate from the state Supreme Court, the McCleary v. State ruling puts policymakers on the hook to find a way to fully fund basic education by 2018.

3/6/2013

Jobs and education were the main points in Gov. Rick Scott's third State of the State speech, one that comes as he prepares to seek re-election.

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