Test Freedom, Federal Regulations, and More: Wednesday's Ed News

Test Freedom, Federal Regulations, and More: Wednesday's Ed News
November 27, 2013

Joy Pullmann

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

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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Joy Pullmann

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