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Virginia Homeschool Privacy Bill Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

Homeschoolers in Virginia are pleased a widely supported privacy measure designed to prevent the sharing of personal information passed with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 1383, sponsored by state Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudoun), passed the Virginia state legislature in late winter, but awaited a final signature by the governor. Rather than endorse or veto SB 1383, Gov. Terri McAuliffe (D) remained neutral, allowing the bill to pass into law unsigned. The new law “prohibits a division...

Arkansas Board, Governor, Legislators Debate PARCC Testing

The Arkansas State Board of Education voted 7–1 against ending the contract with the state’s test provider, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is one of two consortia aligned with Common Core math and English K–12 standards. “I am disappointed by the State Board of Education’s decision to reject the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review’s recommendation,” Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R) said. The June 11 vote was taken in reaction to Gov. Asa...

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