IN Panel Votes to Repeal Common Core, NY Data Monster, and More: Thursday’s Ed News Roundup

Published January 29, 2014

Thursday’s ed news

INDIANA: A Senate panel passes a bill to replace Common Core.

NEW YORK: The state department of education is almost done creating a data system that will follow children “throughout their lives.” 

COLORADO: Lawmakers kill an education tax-credit bill

MARYLAND: The state repeals its no-tolerance school discipline policy. 

RURAL CHOICE: How rural communities can benefit from charter schools. 

NEW JERSEY: Why supposedly good results from the state’s preschool system don’t hold water. 

WYOMING: The embattled state superintendent wins her state Supreme Court case

TEXTBOOKS: The end of $300 textbooks and the textbook cartel is ending, says Mark Perry. 


Wednesday’s ed news

OKLAHOMA: Voters support school choice for all and are willing to consider turning government preschool into vouchers.

INDIANA: The number of students enrolled in statewide vouchers has doubled to nearly 20,000.

ALASKA: More Republicans sign onto a bid to make school vouchers possible by amending the state constitution,  

MISSOURI: An unaccredited St. Louis-area school district facing possible bankruptcy could pay as much as $130,000 to lobby for a bailout.

FEDS: Why federal vouchers aren’t a good idea.

OKLAHOMA: Seven bills to repeal or limit Common Core have been filed.

IDAHO: Schools chief Tom Luna won’t seek re-election

UTAH: A state lawmaker wants more money for online preschool

TESTS: How people misuse test results

WISCONSIN: A new bill would make all voucher kids take the state test and force low-performing schools to close or convert to charters. 


Tuesday’s ed news

WISCONSIN: Gov. Walker says he supports changing Common Core, but his proposal would hardly change the standards.

WISCONSIN: Today, lawmakers will revive a bill that would give vouchers to special-needs students.

ALASKA: Gov. Sean Parnell wants to bring more public and private school choice to the state.

GEORGIA: Why the state needs school vouchers atop its existing charter and tax-credit scholarship laws.

IOWA:  The state debates whether to adopt national science standards.

FEDS: The Obama administration will plow another $39 million into a failed school turnaround program. And districts in five states have rejected federal Race to the Top funds, citing high costs of compliance and privacy concerns. 

READING: Fourth graders nationwide improve their reading skills, but most still do not read well. 

STATISM: Why leftists push for “global citizenship” in schools. 

HIGHER ED: Top liberal arts colleges cost a lot but don’t provide a very good education, a report finds. 


Monday’s ed news

NATIONAL CHOICE: Tomorrow, two U.S. Senators will unveil school choice legislation as an answer to President Obama’s call for an end to income inequality.

TENNESSEE: Lawmakers try to compromise with the governor by offering a voucher bill that would offer choice to students attending the state’s worst 10 percent of schools.

NEW YORK: The nation’s largest teachers union local is at odds with its parent union over Common Core, and says other unions nationwide are having similar doubts.

COLORADO: A coalition of mothers has convinced a state senator to introduce a bill delaying Common Core and its national tests.

WISCONSIN: Parents protest the forced return of a porn-watching teacher to their kids’ middle school.

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles libraries will offer an online high school to dropouts.

CONNECTICUT: A high-achieving charter network will radically rethink itself after deciding it spends too much time preparing students for “low-level tests.”

THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: What if we ran education more like Medicare and gave people far more choices?


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