Test Freedom, Federal Regulations, and More: Wednesday's Ed News
Wednesday's ed news
TESTING: Why states should let parents choose what tests they'll use to measure their kids' schools.
WAIVERS: Fifteen states ask for testing waivers to roll out Common Core and 12 ask for waivers from tying the test results to teacher evaluations for a year.
UNIONS: Businesses can't hurt schools any more than unions already have, says Larry Sand.
FEDS: Federal regulations are beastly for small and rural school districts, a survey says.
PRESCHOOL: The drive-by media promotes government preschool despite evidence showing it's useless.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Faith-based schools should highlight their success stories, says a secular friend.
INDIANA: A state school board email chain did not constitute a secret meeting, says a state lawyer. The state superintendent had attempted to sue the board on these grounds.
MISSISSIPPI: Prospective charter schools can now apply to open.
Tuesday's ed news
LOUISIANA: A former voucher foe becomes a statewide advocate for vouchers.
OKLAHOMA: A state senator has filed a bill to halt the Common Core phase-in.
WASHINGTON: Charter school opponents file another lawsuit to stop a voter-approved law allowing a few of the nontraditional public schools.
FAITH: Why this mother chose to send her children to a school sponsored by a different faith.
SPECIAL ED: Three policy changes states can make to reduce the explosion of useless spending in special education.
MAINE: The state holds a government preschool hearing that is stacked with proponents.
READING: Why children can learn to read on their own outside school but need explicit instruction inside school.
KANSAS: The governor holds a meeting to discuss school finance amid a seemingly endless lawsuit.
HIGHER ED: The national government made $41.3 billion this year on student loans.
Monday's ed news
MARYLAND: The state got high national test scores, but excluded huge numbers of special education and English-learning students.
PENNSYLVANIA: A bill to expand charter schools would also cut funds for online charters.
WISCONSIN: A teacher sues her district for trying to force her into a union contract.
MISSOURI: Another Catholic school looks to convert to a secular charter school.
NATIONAL: Thirty-one states have not made their graduation requirements match Common Core, and the organization that wrote Common Core wants them to.
FEDERAL: How the Obama administration spent $5 billion to fail with an education project with known history of failure.
PENNSYLVANIA: A state panel votes 3-2 to require high school exit exams aligned to Common Core.
IDAHO: As laptops and tablets pour into pilot schools, the state superintendent wants $3 million more despite no track record for the project.
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