NCLB Debate Today, School Lunch Fraud, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

NCLB Debate Today, School Lunch Fraud, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
July 17, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann ( is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

Today, the U.S. House debates and will likely vote on the Republican bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls for firings upon newly revealed widespread school lunch fraud

State Superintendent Tony Bennett responds to top Florida lawmakers' concerns about national Common Core tests. 

Federal student loan debt reaches $1 trillion

Why the Senate's deal on student loan rates is lousy. 


Thursday's ed news

A nationally recognized school district--Douglas County, Colorado--rejects Common Core. 

Concurrent with a massive expansion in Louisiana school choice has been higher salaries for teachers and more spending on schools.

A Utah lawmaker calls for the end of compulsory education.

Washington adopts national science standards.

Collective bargaining curbs have saved Milwaukee taxpayers $110 million, a study finds. 

A Texas school district will end its lawsuit-embattled student microchip-tracking program, saying it didn't increase attendence enough. 

Several Maryland middle and high schools will try out a new online math and engineering course designed like a video game.

An educator explains student data privacy 101 for parents and teachers. 



Wednesday's ed news

The deadline to get an Ohio K-12 voucher is July 31.

Philadelphia schools apparently don’t feel they have enough problems: They’d also like to monitor homeschool children who haven’t even started to homeschool.

A proposal to require higher teacher test scores hits Tennessee.

Why it’s stupid to let the feds dictate school lunches.

Despite government press releases to the contrary, analysts say Wisconsin’s public pensions are not fully funded.

Michigan has fewer K-12 students but is spending more for education.

Hawaii uses $1.7 million in federal tax revenue to build an education website.

The way to reduce test prep insanity may be to get better teachers


Tuesday's ed news

South Carolina lawmakers remove a cap on online classes for grades 6-12. 

School choice is a central issue in the race for South Carolina state superintendent.

Michelle Obama's national lunch rules create costs, absurdity for schools, a federal report concludes

A new Missouri law encourages schools to teach first graders gun safety

Detroit schools get a new emergency financial manager.

A large Michigan school district has given teachers raises while charging students for sports and classes. 

States increased college student subsidies despite the recession, new data show. 


Monday's ed news

Missouri's governor signs special-needs scholarships

One of the national Common Core testing organizations decides to ignore children who can't read

Republican women protest Alabama's race-based academic goals for kids. 

Florida's education commissioner proposes temporarily inflating school grades after Common Core lowers them to provide a "safety net." 

Democrats put special interests above the needs of black children, an influential minister says

The Obama administration is quietly diverting money from after-school programs to longer school days. 

Is college worth it? A new book asks


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann ( is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)