Arizonans Fight Common Core, Studying School Sports, and More: Friday’s Ed News Roundup

Published June 6, 2013

Friday’s ed news

A voucher deal in Wisconsin faces grueling criticism until it passes. 

Arizonans fight to defund Common Core.

The San Diego school district spends federal poor student lunch money on salaries, utilities, and interest payments. 

A Wisconsin town votes to hold parents legally responsible if their children bully others. 

School sports improve academic achievement and keep boys out of trouble, a study finds. 

Price controls over charter schools reduce their reach and effectiveness. 

Why Sen. Tom Harkin’s No Child Left Behind rewrite still mightily constrains states. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s alternative gives states more flexibility.

California finally solves its teacher shortage

A poll finds 59 percent of Californians approve of increasing the online classes available to make college less expensive.

The Michigan House approves loosened graduation requirements. 


Thursday’s ed news

In South Carolina, the House passes a K-12 tax-credit scholarship bill.

North Carolina debates preschool vouchers

President Obama wants to tax everyone’s phone lines more to increase subsidies for school-based Internet because of new Common Core and other computer-based tests

A provision inside the new No Child Left Behind bill would threaten a school’s funding if any gay student attending is harassed. 

A lesbian wins $171,000 for violating her contract with a Catholic school

Parents in New York complain about their kids field-testing new tests

Besides vouchers, Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a list of other education changes

Pennsylvania schools continue to face budget woes

The state of New Jersey will take over Camden public schools this month. 

Many California schools have poor ventilation, researchers say.


Wednesday’s ed news

After a two-day deal-making session, Wisconsin’s voucher program will likely go statewide inside a new budget bill. 

Michigan’s legislature voted to de-fund Common Core. 

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor speaks against Common Core. Video here

A bill to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind law hits Congress and sparks disagreement.

ObamaCare is hurting public schools

As school choice expands in Colorado, parents are getting more used to entrepreneurial behavior and self-government

Alabama officials are considering national science standards that promote global warming alarmism.

Idaho lawmakers may sponsor wireless internet at every public high school.

The Michigan legislature may force financially troubled school districts to close.

No virtual schools will open in New Jersey this fall, decides the state education commissioner. Maine is considering a similar prohibition.


Tuesday’s ed news

Pennsylvania private schools furiously raise money for new tax-credit scholarships

A Congressional proposal to limit federal involvement in education would do little to withdraw Common Core

After decades of deficit spending, Philadelphia schools adopt a “doomsday budget.”

An advocacy group wants special protections for Muslim students and to deny the same to Christian students. 

How the 2009 stimulus created a fiscal cliff for schools. 

What happened when Alaska held a hearing on Common Core. 

Ten states seek to replace cursive in schools after Common Core eliminated it. 

Iowa’s governor touts a puny new education reform law. 


Monday’s ed news

A bipartisan North Carolina vouchers bill moves forward

Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin’s vouchers deal is “pretty close.” 

The Kansas House stops a bill to pause Common Core. More details about Wisconsin’s Common Core “pause.” 

Congressional Republicans and Democrats unite to have the US Department of Health and Human Services prescribe exercise guidelines for all Americans

A Wisconsin elementary school hosts a cross-dressing day

The Louisiana Supreme Court demands that a lower court revisit its ruling against the state’s new teacher tenure law.

A Texas school sues its own cheerleaders to stop them from using Bible verses on banners, despite a judge ruling this is fine. 

Giving students information in the form of a story helps them remember it better. 

Nevada lawmakers accomplished little on education this session, say the Nevada Sun editors


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