TN Senate Passes Voucher, FL Votes Today on Choice Expansion, and More: Friday's Ed News

TN Senate Passes Voucher, FL Votes Today on Choice Expansion, and More: Friday's Ed News
April 11, 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

TENNESSEE: The Senate passes a voucher bill, which now heads to the House. 

FLORIDA: Teachers unions and the parent-teacher association are trying to block a modest expansion to a school choice program that tens of thousands of poor kids want to join. A vote on the bill will be today.

PENNSYLVANIA: A community responds to a knife attack in a school that wounded 21 students and a security guard.

NEW JERSEY: A court clears the way for online charter schools.

KENTUCKY: The state's testing program is in chaos because of Common Core.

ILLINOIS: Lawmakers consider a three-year ban on online charter schools.

MINNESOTA: The governor signs an anti-bullying bill that punishes "uninteligent speech." 

TESTING: Three questions Rick Hess can't get Common Core testmakers to answer.


Thursday's ed news

WISCONSIN: New state data shows voucher students perform better than public school students, but most newspapers reported the opposite.

LOUISIANA: A court rules the state must provide the feds with the name, address, race, and desired school of every child who wants a state voucher so it can decide whether they are the right race to receive it.

ALASKA: The House has passed a new kind of school choice bill, where businesses can get tax credits for direct donations to private schools.

DC: If he wants to help minority men, President Obama should reverse these two of his policies.

CALIFORNIA: Some parents lie and cheat to get their kids into better Berkeley schools.

LAWSUITS: This week has been busy for lawsuits against school choice programs; here’s a rundown.

NORTH CAROLINA: A judge finds that the state university has discriminated against a professor for being a Christian, and awards him $50,000in back pay and a promotion.

READING: A study finds that computer scans (such as the Lexile level or Flesch-Kinkaid) don’t accurately reflect the reading level of books.


Wednesday's ed news

FLORIDA: A Senator files an amendment to scale back a school choice expansion bill.

KANSAS: Gov. Brownback backs down on a measure to strip funding for Common Core

VIRGINIA: The state has cut mandatory annual tests from 22 to 17 in elementary school.

SPECIAL INTERESTS: Teachers unions react to a Supreme Court decision about election spending that hurts them.

MICHIGAN: A school district is training staff to be more aggressive in resisting intruders.

ILLINOIS: Protestors fill the state capitol to stop bills that would curb charter schools.

UTAH: A school district fired a teacher for refusing to score standardized tests used to grade her.

UNIONS: Take a look at the next president of the United States' largest teachers union.

INTERNATIONAL: Why South Korea isn’t a model country for education, despite its high test scores. 


Tuesday's ed news

CHOICE: Enrollment in school choice programs increased 25 percent from last year, the biggest jump ever. Even so, only 300,000 kids are in choice programs, of 50 million K-12 students nationwide.

KANSAS: Teachers flood the capitol in a vain attempt to keep from losing extra job security. The budget bill on Gov. Brownback’s desk would introduce the state’s first school choice program and remove obstacles to firing bad teachers.

NEW YORK: Mayor de Blasio has helped charter schools more than Republicans, despite his anti-charter rhetoric, a report finds.

ACADEMICS: Most of the country’s best high schools do not field a football team.

READING: Researchers are finding that reading online limits people’s ability to comprehend complex literature.

SPENDING: Why education spending doesn’t necessarily lead to economic growth.


Monday's ed news

KANSAS: Lawmakers pass the state's first school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship.

FLORIDA: Lawmakers tweak a bill to offer education savings accounts for students with special needs.

NEW YORK: Lawmakers cut an education tax-credit proposal from the state budget.

NEVADA: A dad asks to see what data the state collects on his children, and state officials tell him they need $10,000 to answer that question.

TESTS: A website that connects parents who want to sign their kids out of state tests has been hacked, its owners say. Meanwhile, opt-outs grow.

HIGHER ED: Why you can’t work your way through college any more. 

SOUTH CAROLINA: A bill would end the practice of using seniority as the deciding factor in teacher layoffs. 

LOUISIANA: Gov. Jindal says he wants different standards than Common Core, but doesn't take action to back up that statement.


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Joy Pullmann

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