Texas School Choice Proposal Hits, Florida Parent Trigger, and More: Today's National Ed News Roundup

Texas School Choice Proposal Hits, Florida Parent Trigger, and More: Today's National Ed News Roundup
March 8, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

1. A Texas lawmaker finally files a bill to give poor students tax-credit scholarships to private schools.

2. Florida's House education committee passes a Parent Trigger bill 8-5.

3. The new Common Core tests will take seven to ten hours twice a year, plus several shorter tests in between.

4. The leader of the nation's second-biggest teachers union deliberately gets herself arrested over Philadelphia school closures. Yesterday, education leaders voted to close 23 schools over massive budget and learning deficits.

5. Tennessee and North Carolina consider 'Tebow bills' to let homeschoolers join public school sports teams.

6. Education lightning rod Diane Ravitch is co-founding a group that will grade education policies and lawmakers.

7. Ohio charter schools offer concerns their per-pupil funding will drop from $7,000 to $5,000 under Gov. Kasich's proposal.

8. Prompted by the Common Core, New York City adopts a better literacy curriculum.

9. Some Florida private schools apply to administer state tests so transferring students get credit.

10. A new study finds homeschool students sleep better.



Thursday's ed news

1. Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are split on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to expand vouchers.

2. A new poll finds 55 percent of Maine voters support vouchers.

3. The Gates Foundation is sponsoring a massive student databasecontaining grades, behavior, things each child likes, hobbies, attitudes, even Social Security numbers.

4. Yet another father and teacher rejects Common Core math because it does not teach the way children learn.

5. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie still wants some objective measure in teacher evaluations.

6, Here's a rundown of reactions to Tuesday's contentious and money-filled Los Angeles school board elections.

7. See what states set different academic goals for black, white, and hispanic students on this interactive map.

8. Massachusetts aims to put more kids on government breakfast rolls in school.

9. Oklahoma's Senate passes a bill to stop the "dance of the lemons" between poor teachers and principals.

10. A new study shows students with Teach for America teachers learn more than students without.


Wednesday's ed news

1. An Alabama judge has delayed his ruling over whether the governor can sign a flash-passed vouchers bill.

2. The Kentusky Senate and Georgia House pass Parent Trigger bills.

3. Teachers can make it big selling tutorials on the internet.

4. Why Missouri's Supreme Court should let children transfer from failing schools.

5. Public university tuition jumped last year by a record amount.

6. Texas lawmaker Dan Patrick goes on the road as an "education evangelist." 

7. Pennsylvania teacher misconduct doubles.

8. Oklahoma's House passes a bill to have the state grade schools A-F.

9. The federal government approves South Carolina's proposal for how to evaluate teachers.

10. Utah lawmakers drop a preschool proposal.


Tuesday's ed news

1. The federal government plays "Mother, May I" with states on teacher evaluations under No Child Left Behind waivers.

2. Californians bought a huge tax increase on grounds it would help kids in schools. Now it's going to backfill teacher pensions

3. A Louisiana judge strikes down Gov. Bobby Jindal's teacher quality and tenure reforms.

4. 6,200 Ohio teachers are on strike, leaving substitute teachers to educate students.

5. A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill to put the Common Core on hold while the state verifies all school districts are tech-ready for its tests.

6. South Dakota lawmakers send the governor a bill allowing armed teachers.

7. A Utah bill would create a comprehensive online database for student records.

8. Researchers can tell if a teacher will be a low-performer by her third year on the job.

9. Mediation on a school finance squabble will determine how Kansas spends half its state budget.

10. Missouri's House passes a bill to grade schools A-F.


Monday's ed news

1. Alabama's governor says he will sign a surprise tax-credit scholarship bill because kids attending failing schools are more important than lobbyists.

2. Florida lawmakers join those in North Carolina, Indiana, and Texas in considering stronger vocational-tech programs in high school.

3. Three Michigan teachers are challenging a union's end-run around the state's new right to work law, saying they don't want to pay union dues for the next decade.

4. Learn more about not just school choice, but course choice, where kids can mix and match their class schedules among schools, from a pioneering Florida lawmaker.

5. Public schools employ more staff than teachers in Minnesota and 20 other states.

6. An Alaska senate panel considers vouchers.

7. Idaho's senate unanimously passes a bill to have school districts conduct teacher contract negotiations in public.

8. New Mexico lawmakers finally get around to confirmation hearings for acting Education Secretary Hannah Skandera.

9. Kansas's supreme court orders a long-running school finance lawsuit into mediation.

10. Can bad schools be good for neighborhoods?


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)