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Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan
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Mar 24, 5:44 AM: Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.
School funding concerns dominate N.J. budget debate
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Mar 22, 7:00 AM: She called on lawmakers to remove $8.8 million Christie proposed in “hold-harmless” aid for charter schools and to excise $1 million Christie wants for a voucher program that would cover private or religious school expenses for >
Delaware lawmakers: Changes to state Board of Education
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Mar 22, 6:21 AM: A panel of legislators decided Tuesday not to shut down the state Board of Education, but its members made it clear the board needs to make substantial changes.
Statewide school reform stirs creativity, headaches
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Mar 20, 5:09 AM: Paradee and Foran are among the surprise beneficiaries of a statewide effort in Vermont to “personalize” learning: They are teachers who say that their jobs have become far more rewarding by giving students greater freedom to >
Hundreds rally for voice in ed funding rewrite
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Mar 17, 6:57 AM: Hundreds of public school advocates rallied in the rotunda of the Capitol on Thursday to demand to be in on the rewrite of Mississippi’s education funding formula — a process that thus far has remained closely guarded at the >
Senate panel drops attempt to overhaul education board
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Mar 17, 5:08 AM: The bill, which does not yet have a number, was mostly stripped of language taking away the State Board of Education’s ability to recommend a secretary of education and restructuring the board.
State ‘partnership’ plan to prevent school closures would preserve local control
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Mar 6, 6:22 AM: The approach would preserve local control, and would include specific improvement goals, a timeline for meeting those objectives and accountability measures if a school fails to show progress, Whiston said in a letter to school >
New arguments erupt over Louisiana public schools overhaul
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Feb 17, 7:42 AM: More fault lines surfaced Thursday in the rancorous debate on how to overhaul Louisiana's public schools, with some superintendents predicting major problems for classrooms if the new rules take effect in August.
Nevada school turnaround program needs more time to evaluate
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Feb 16, 6:51 AM: Funding for the statewide school turnaround program should continue but warrants further analysis, the only one of seven education initiatives recommended for monitoring in a study presented to the Nevada Assembly education >
State Board of Education comes out against school closures
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Feb 16, 6:41 AM: The Michigan Board of Education wants Governor Snyder's School Reform Office to call off closing any schools this fall. It joins a growing chorus of protest by parents and school administrators against possible school >
State Board of Ed says ‘99.9 percent’ of public commentary on Edelblut negative
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Feb 16, 6:17 AM: Just hours before Frank Edelblut was officially confirmed as education commissioner, the State Board of Education told Gov. Chris Sununu they had reservations about his nominee to lead New Hampshire’s public schools.
Bill would change funding system for schools
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Feb 15, 7:47 AM: North Carolina legislators are looking for a new way to budget public school dollars. A bill filed in both chambers of the N.C. General Assembly would create a task force to study new ways to distribute money among the state’s 115 >
Lawmakers weigh letting governor select state schools chief
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Feb 15, 6:52 AM: Indiana's superintendent of public instruction would be selected by the governor instead of chosen by voters under a measure backed Tuesday by state House panel.
State defends plan placing 38 Michigan schools at risk of closure
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Feb 10, 6:35 AM: Michigan School Reform Officer Natasha Baker on Thursday defended how her office has carried out a plan to possibly close 38 schools across the state, saying the intention has "not been to alarm folks."
Will state embrace innovation school zones?
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Feb 9, 6:26 AM: THE HIGHLY CHARGED DEBATE over charter schools last fall ended with a resounding statewide vote against significant expansion of the public, but independently operated, schools. What the vote did not answer is what else might be >
Tennessee already has one state-run school district. It’s about to get another.
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Jan 26, 6:37 AM: Last fall, the Tennessee State Board of Education overruled school leaders in Memphis to approve a new charter school there, one year after making a similar ruling in a charter school appeal in Nashville.
Education pick signals a change in direction for schooling 
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Jan 24, 7:25 AM: Conservative groups have cheered Edelblut’s nomination, lauding his business experience and full-throated advocacy for alternatives to traditional schooling. Meanwhile, teachers unions and Democrats have slammed Sununu’s choice, >
Ohio unveils new plan to boost student achievement
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Jan 20, 7:42 AM: A new statewide plan to improve student achievement sets a number of goals for reducing chronic absenteeism, increasing the graduation rate and providing more help to children in military families, those who are homeless and others >
Sununu taps school-choice advocate Edelblut
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Jan 20, 6:09 AM: Gov. Chris Sununu named a school choice advocate who homeschooled his children as his pick Wednesday to lead New Hampshire's education department.
Waivers a concern to board
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Jan 16, 8:21 AM: In just two years, 57 of Arkansas' more than 230 school districts acquired the same waivers of state rules and laws awarded to charter schools and schools of innovation.

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