Reform

3/22/2012

3/22/2012

The first and least controversial of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education proposals cleared the Louisiana Senate this morning, as the upper chamber voted unanimously to impose a new statewide regulatory structure on pre-kindergarten programs.

3/20/2012

3/20/2012

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his proposed education overhaul will address Connecticut's fluctuating four-year graduation rate by improving the state's low-performing schools.

3/19/2012

3/19/2012

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — author, ambassador and former Los Angeles Laker superstar — joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday in working to score points with Chicago high school students on the importance of learning math and science and preparing for careers outside of sports and entertainment, such as in engineering and technology.

3/19/2012

Missouri legislators entered the session with aspirations for major education reform, but a lack of consensus on some of the thornier proposals has imperiled the prospects of any schools overhaul getting approved this year.

3/16/2012

3/16/2012

Armed with clipboard and pencil, John Somers, an associate professor of teacher education, watches over a group of sixth-graders and two teachers-in-training at an Indianapolis elementary school.

3/15/2012

3/15/2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to get the federal government more involved in schools.

3/15/2012

New Jersey has been awarded a $14.5 million federal grant to help launch new charter schools, grow existing successful charters and share ideas between the schools and local districts, state officials announced Tuesday.

3/15/2012

The Iowa House passe- a sweeping education reform package on a largely party-line vote late Wednesday morning that requires more student testing, calls for the expansion of charters schools and keeps a controversial third grade retention program in place.

3/15/2012

With three primary legs of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education agenda set for debate -- and votes, according to Capitol power players -- in the House Education Committee, the Louisiana Capitol is already abuzz this morning.

3/14/2012

3/14/2012

Education reform advocate Michelle Rhee called Gov. Terry Branstad’s school improvement plan for Iowa “a step in the right direction” during a Monday meeting with Des Moines Register reporters and editors.

3/14/2012

With Gov. Bobby Jindal's public education overhaul package getting its first hearings in the Legislature this week, some school districts are canceling classes so that teachers can go rally at the State Capitol.

3/12/2012

3/12/2012

A list of proposed changes to Idaho's new education reforms has triggered a frequent question: What happens if the laws are repealed in November?

3/9/2012

3/9/2012

Glastonbury, Conn. teacher Scott Minnick compared the educational system to a tripod. One of the legs, he told the governor Tuesday night, is a "socioeconomic problem that ... teachers cannot fix." Then why, Minnick asked, does the education reform bill in the state legislature focus on teachers?

3/9/2012

 The Florida Legislature has finally figured out how to destroy public education — under the guise of "school choice." After all, everybody likes choice, unless it involves abortion, contraception or gay marriage.

3/6/2012

3/6/2012

A controversial bill that would allow parents to take over failing public schools in Florida is generating high emotions at the state Capitol.

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