School Choice in IA, NC, WI; Common Core Internet Tax, and More: Thursday’s Ed News Roundup

Published June 13, 2013

There will be no roundup Friday, as we’re on vacation.

Thursday’s ed news

Iowa’s governor has signed an expansion of the state’s tax-credit scholarships

The North Carolina House passed a budget that includes a voucher provision.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will not line-item veto the enrollment cap on a voucher expansion deal.

The new Common Core tax, which will subsidize broadband in schools for online-only tests, doesn’t need congressional approval and is estimated to cost every phone line an extra $5.

Ohio considers a property tax credit for those who homeschool.

Three-quarters of Americans oppose race-based college admissions.

Two Nevada school emplyees are being investigated under allegations they sold guns on campus.

A survey finds most charter schools don’t have room or money to grow.

Looks like college students spend half their reading time on Facebook


Wednesday’s ed news

Philadelphia schools have pink-slipped 3,700 employees

A new bill to allow states “a way out” of Common Core national standards has hit Congress. 

A Texas bill to put cameras in special-needs classrooms has died, mysteriously.

A prominent Senate Republican says he wants to free U.S. schools from federal mandates

Louisiana considers changing its high school diploma tracks.

Does art help children love liberty?

Most parents think technology hurts kids’ social skills and, by a large margin, prefer books to tablets, a poll finds.

A study finds collective bargaining is a major reason for U.S. education stagnation.

Ability grouping re-enters schools. 


Tuesday’s ed news

An Arizona appeals court allows vouchers 2.0 to operate while litigation against them proceeds. More background.

State test glitches cause Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz to push for fewer stakes tied to the tests.

As tests move online, testing companies begin to develop and sell cheating prevention tools. Meanwhile, Iowa currently does little to prevent cheating on high-stakes tests. 

A union salary schedule keeps Michigan’s teacher of the year near the bottom in pay. 

The Kansas board of education will vote today on Common Core science standards and face public comment on Common Core math and reading.

Why schools complain about losing students but don’t publicize getting them.

How a Tennessee poll overstates support for Common Core.

Only one third of students who enroll in a New York community college ever graduate, a study finds. 

Missouri has mismanaged early childhood funds, an auditor says. 


Monday’s ed news

Collective bargaining curbs mean Milwaukee taxpayers will spend 45 percent less per pupil by 2020. 

How Common Core math hurts the most vulnerable students. 

Teachers flock to performance pay schools in Denver

Lessons from school choice in Florida.

A psychologist asks for independent review of Common Core tests, and receives a non-answer. 

Two Nevada schools will pilot mental health screenings for all students

Sequestration means less Head Start in Massachusetts.

Anti-bullying legislation that failed to become law in Montana has become policy through the state board of education.

Ohio schools can–and do–ask for property owners to pay more in taxes

College graduates who stay in Michigan could get a tax break.


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