Nebraska Reform Proposal, Alabama Stews Over Rape-Glorifying Book, and More: Friday's Ed New Roundup

Nebraska Reform Proposal, Alabama Stews Over Rape-Glorifying Book, and More: Friday's Ed New Roundup
August 30, 2013

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Friday's ed news

NEBRASKA: A state senator proposes several education policies, including more money for board-certified teachers, firing teachers by performance, and holding back third graders who can't read.

ALABAMA: The state is up in arms over a Common Core-recommended book that contains graphic depictions of rape, incest, and pedophilia. 

FLORIDA: Lawmakers consider canceling Common Core tests. A newspaper comes out against Common Core

IDAHO: The governor backs an education proposal that includes higher starting pay for teachers, spending more on technology, and more Common Core

FLORIDA: The state maykeep its "safety net" that bars big drop in school grades

ARKANSAS: A state university is among those given millions to sign people up for ObamaCare

Thursday's ed news

WISCONSIN: The U.S. Department of Justice has no authority to target the state's voucher program with baseless discrimination claims, a legal group says. 

FAMILY: Perhaps the biggest driver of education inequality? Marriage rates

ARKANSAS: Lawmakers will meet to discuss how to pay for teacher health insurance rates that have increased 50 percent underObamaCare

UTAH: Lawmakers consider new ways to appoint or elect the state school board

TEACHERS: Hundreds in large, poor-performing districts moonlight as "sugar babies" who trade sex with a sponsor for money. 

NEW YORK: Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer proposes to send the union more money and audit standardized tests

TESTING: How states are preparing for national Common Core tests

TECH: Students who use pen and paper to take class notes get better grades than those who use laptops, a study finds


Wednesday's ed news

ED REFORM: The biggest reforms in a decade work into classrooms, and many teachers and parents are not pleased. 

TRANSPARENCY: Most states and school districts drastically underreport their spending, a new report finds. 

WYOMING: Stop the excuses for low test scores, the Star Tribune says. 

POLL: What parents want from schools. 

GEORGIA: The governor testifies at the state's first trial regarding the Atlanta test cheating scandal

ECONOMY: School choice may create a boom for local economies.

HIGHER ED: Colleges largely assign trivial summer reading to students, a survey finds. 


Tuesday's ed news

LOUISIANA: The Obama administration's lawsuit against vouchers turns racial justice on its head, the Wall Street Journal opines. 

CIVIL RIGHTS: Why school choice builds on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy

CALIFORNIA: Another reworked Parent Trigger school opens this fall, and parents are hopeful. 

ILLINOIS: The governor signs a bill lowering the compulsory attendance age to 6, but no one's sure the law will do much.

PENNSYLVANIA: The state's acting education secretary steps down after it's revealed he allegedly emailed a school employee about how he looks wearing a Speedo.

HIGHER ED: Why taking money from the federal government is like taking a hit from a crack dealer. 


Monday's ed news

LOUISIANA: The Obama administration sues to stop the state's voucher program, alleging vouchers take white students from failing schools. 

ALABAMA: Why school choice is a natural extension of the civil rights movement. 

CHICAGO: The school district attempts to avoid its pension crisis

COLLEGE RANKINGS: The Washington Monthly ranks colleges according to their research, assistance to the poor, and focus on public service. 

TENNESSEE: Students attending the state's virtual school learn less than their peers, and lawmakers respond. 

FLORIDA: Gov. Scott may be reconsidering Common Core

PRESCHOOL: The way most states rate government preschool programs is essentially useless. 


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Joy Pullmann

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