School Reform News Roundup, June 4 to 8

Published June 7, 2012

Senator Jim DeMint and Rep. Trent Franks have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would affirm parental rights.

The Michigan Senate passed a Parent Trigger bill.

An attempt at amending the New Hampshire constitution to give the legislature and not state supreme court control over school funding has failed. 

A judge has declared pre-K every North Carolina student’s right.

Because of the federal budget limits imposed by its failure to reach a budget compromise, Texas schools will see a 10 percent reduction in federal aid this fall, a loss of approximately $350 million.

Nearly half of all state legislatures have strengthened charter laws in the past two years.

From Wednesday:

New York City’s mayor wants the ability to fire teachers who inappropriately touch and request nude photos from students.

Michigan’s legislature increased school and state university funding, though union leaders say the increase isn’t enough.

Pension costs are crowding out school funding in Illinois.

From Tuesday:

Wisconsin voters go to the polls today to decide whether Gov. Scott Walker should stay in office through a recall prompted by his limits to state spending and collective bargaining curbs.

The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill to end teacher tenure, require kids to read by the end of third grade or be held back, and encourage school districts to implement merit pay.

The U.S. Department of Education has refused to reconsider its plan to withhold $36 million from South Carolina for not spending enough on special education in 2009-2010.

New Hampshire’s legislative leaders and the governor have reached a deal on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the legislature more direct power over school funding and curriculum.

Illinois legislators are meeting in Chicago this week to attempt a pension reform compromise.

Learn more about Mitt Romney’s education policy track record.

The majority of U.S. public schools opt to buy beef without “pink slime.”

From Monday:

The nation’s largest school districts gear up to spend money crafting applications for direct federal oversight in exchange for tiny fractions of their operating budgets.

A Florida state Senate primary centers on candidates’ differing positions on the Parent Trigger and other school choice models.

Schools desperate for cash are selling their students’ attention to companies for advertisements.

Vermont refuses to apply for a federal No Child Left Behind waiver because, state officials say, the waiver doesn’t actually grant them more flexibility.

America has tried everything in education except competition, opines the San Mateo Daily Journal.

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