AZ ESAs, Data Protections in CA, and More: Friday’s Ed News

Published February 28, 2014

Friday’s ed news

ARIZONA: Lawmakers will vote this week on a bill expanding school choice through education savings accounts.

CALIFORNIA: A new bill would prohibit education software and apps from sharing, storing, or selling personal student information.

NEW YORK: The new mayor is pulling school-sharing agreements for three charter schools run by his nemesis. 

UTAH: A House panel approves a bill that would make state board of education elected rather than appointed officials.

MAINE: The House approves measures to consider a state-run online school and ban any new online charter schools.


Thursday’s ed news

CLASSIC BOOKS: It’s not that hard to give kids a good education. Here’s how.

MISSOURI: The House education committee approves a bill to repeal Common Core

WASHINGTON: After meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Gov. Jay Inslee agrees to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores to keep the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver. 

DEMOCRATS: The intra-party split on education politics has reappeared. 

FLORIDA: A panel recommends the state choose tests from the American Institutes for Research to measure Common Core standards. 

TESTING: Why coming Common Core tests will likely not be very good, and how they could be improved. 

HIGHER ED: Sen. Marco Rubio advances proposals to give college students more information about earnings and debt and let them pay loans based on their post-college income.


Wednesday’s ed news

OKLAHOMA: Hear from the sponsor of bills to create education savings accounts and a Parent Trigger law.

MISSISSIPPI: Why an in-state newspaper supports bills to give special-needs children school choice.

INDIANA: What the state’s Common Core rewrite looks like.

GEORGIA: The state Senate passes, 34-16, a bill to reconsider Common Core.

NEBRASKA: African-American parents push lawmakers to allow charter schools.

FLORIDA: Take a look at how Common Core means more fuzzy math in one school district. 

NEW YORK: Most voters support putting a moratorium on Common Core, a poll fonds.

MICHIGAN: A school district and union local try to ban charter schools.

GRADING: More  reasons why replacing A-f or 1-100 grading scales is bad for kids.

FLORIDA: The state has more charter school teachers than eight states have teachers total. 


Tuesday’s ed news

ARIZONA: A Senate panel approves four anti-Common Core bills.

MATH: A study finds that K-12 math textbooks have hardly changed to fit Common Core.

WRITING: Why college graduates still can’t write.

SCHOOL CHOICE: How school choice creates good fits between students and teachers, because different people have different strengths and weaknesses.

WASHINGTON: The state may lose its No Child Left Behind waiver over false beliefs about using student tests to measure teachers.

ACCREDITATION: Why it’s a government-managed, not market mechanism.


Monday’s ed news

NORTH CAROLINA: A judge blocks the state’s new voucher program.

KANSAS: Lawmakers propose tax-credit scholarships.

WISCONSIN: The state superintendent makes false claims in attempting to save Common Core

FLORIDA: Leaders propose a big increase in the state’s popular tax-credit scholarship program, but also to make all the recipients take the state test.

PENNSYLVANIA: Leaders may stop new charters from arising, despite the schools’ strong track record improving education for needy kids in Philadelphia. 

UTAH: A lawmaker proposes legislation to end Common Core

TESTS: Several anti-testing organizations have united, and hope to grow. 

NEW ZEALAND: Giving kids more freedom during recess reduces bullying, a study finds. 


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