FL Choice Expansion, Teacher Pension Gaming, and More: Friday's Ed News

FL Choice Expansion, Teacher Pension Gaming, and More: Friday's Ed News
March 7, 2014

Joy Pullmann

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

Friday's ed news

FLORIDA: A school choice expansion passes its first hurdle.

NEW YORK: Eleven thousand people rally to support charter schools, which are now under fire from New York City’s new mayor.

NEW JERSEY: A school administrator has gotten $1.7 million in taxpayer-sponsored pension payments by gaming the system.

FEDERAL BUDGET: The Obama administration has proved Common Core is about federal control over all schools.

INDIANA: Terrence Moore takes the state's Common Core rewrite to task. 

CALIFORNIA: The state’s unfunded debt to its teachers is growing by $22 million every day.

MICHIGAN: “Pay it forward” proposals for college tuition eliminate any incentive colleges have to restrain costs.


Thursday's ed news

FLORIDA: Lawmakers consider education savings accounts for disabled kids.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: A new survey finds that 97 percent of parents with kids receiving the state’s new tax-credit scholarships are happy with the program.

SAT: College Board President David Coleman has released more details about how the SAT will change. It’s back to the 1600-point scale, more like Common Core, more performance and rhetoric, and recategorizing math concepts.

DC: President Obama kicks off an initiative to help poor black men while maligning a vouchers program federal research has proven does just that.

FLORIDA: Contrary to recent claims, Florida tax-credit scholarship students already take tests, and those test results give good evidence the program helps educate children well.

UTAH: A number of bills on the floor would give parents and citizens a bigger voice in education.

MISSOURI: How teacher pensions shackle teachers and students.

UTAH: A bill to let homeschool parents be free of state curriculum and seat time requirements has passed the Senate. 


Wednesday's ed news

DC: The Obama administration again seeks a bartering chip in budget negotiations by axing vouchers for poor kids to attend better schools.

CALIFORNIA: A ballot initiative would prohibit businesses from running charter schools and require charters to comply with open records laws.

FEDERAL: President Obama wants Congress to give him a slush fund to entice states to implement education equity programs.

HOMESCHOOLING: A German family that fled to the U.S. to avoid having their children taken for the crime of homeschooling can stay, the feds say, after attempts by the Obama administration to deport them.

NEW JERSEY: An 18-year-old sues her parents to make them pay for her private school tuition and college without having to do chores and follow a curfew.

EDTECH: Amplify releases a system of curriculum embedded in education games that it hopes will replace textbooks. The games include author trading cards, "Who Killed Edgar Allen Poe?" and vocabulary choose-your-own adventure series. 


Tuesday's ed news

MISSOURI: A measure to allow children stuck in unaccredited public schools to attend nonreligious private schools survives heavy debate.

CHOICE: In February, ten states considered school choice bills.

MICHIGAN: Parents given inter-district choice tend to pick schools that pay teachers more and have higher student-to-teacher ratios.

ALABAMA: After the 2009-2010 teacher of the year was laid off for having less work experience than others in her school, lawmakers have proposed removing seniority as the decision-maker in teacher layoffs.

FLORIDA: Amending and renaming Common Core is not good enough for a number of groups. They want a testing pause

LOUISIANA: The state superintendent announces a new plan for career and technical education in high school.

MAINE: A panel has approved the state's first online charter school.


Monday's ed news

ARIZONA: Bills to expand the state’s pioneering education savings accounts are moving forward in the House.

ILLINOIS: Thousands of parents are opting their children out of state tests this week.

CALIFORNIA: Why the Ninth Circuit court is wrong in allowing a school to ban students from wearing the American flag on Cinco de Mayo.

NEW YORK: The new major is targeting charter schools that successfully educate poor and minority children.

INDIANA: Folks on both  sides agree: The state's new draft standards are junk.

NEW JERSEY: A new bill would include parent involvement as one measure of teacher quality on new evaluations.

PRESCHOOL: An in-depth review of the evidence on government preschool shows the research case for it is weak if not nonexistent.


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Joy Pullmann

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