The November 2006 issue of School Reform News reports California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed in September the nation's first law altering union contracts that protect experienced teachers and don't give low-performing schools enough freedom to hire the people they want.
Also on page 1:
- The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would accept an appeal of a Washington State Supreme Court decision that could affect all labor unions in the state.
- Just a few days before it was scheduled to go into effect, Arizona's new corporate scholarship program was taken to court.
- Michigan voters will decide November 7 whether to approve a statutory change that will guarantee annual funding increases for elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions at the rate of inflation.
Also in this issue: Congressional earmark reform, school choice in New Jersey, a racial "digital gap," student privacy, textbooks, integration, teacher education, national standards, and more. Two books are reviewed: Reclaiming Public Education by Reclaiming Our Democracy and Unfinished Business.
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