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.
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.
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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