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Kentucky education commissioner resigns; advocate for charter schools appointed
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Apr 18, 5:15 AM: Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt resigned Tuesday after a four-hour, closed-door meeting by the state board of education, whose members were all appointed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
Matt Bevin puts Hal Heiner, former spokeswoman and 5 others on Ky. Board of Education
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Apr 17, 5:35 AM: Republican Gov. Matt Bevin remade the 12-member Kentucky Board of Education on Monday, heartening conservatives who want to see dramatic changes in Kentucky’s public schools, such as publicly-funded charter schools and a possible >
State schools chief: Better accountability needed for schools taking public money
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Apr 6, 5:46 AM: Elected in November 2016, McCormick, a proponent of school choice, said the state should do more to make sure struggling charters and private schools that accept vouchers are accountable for their academic records.
Editorial: Stop legislature’s policies that make public schools more segregated
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Mar 30, 6:46 AM: But, as a series of recent studies reveal, that progress has been eroded over the last decade. The state’s financial support for public schools is being diminished. The number of public charter schools has been greatly increased. >
Proposal encouraging district-charter school competition moves closer to ballot
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Mar 23, 5:08 AM: A proposal to loosen requirements on the state's highest-performing school districts so they can better compete with charter schools moved forward Wednesday, putting it one step closer to being on the ballot in November.
Tennessee Gov. Haslam announces investment in state’s school leaders
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Mar 21, 5:23 AM: Gov. Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen launched on Tuesday an effort to aid Tennessee schools by improving school leadership.
Oregon won’t allow 529 tax breaks for K-12 private school
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Mar 9, 6:48 AM: Oregon parents won't get a state tax break on money they save to pay for K-12 private schooling, lawmakers have decided. That's despite a federal tax break approved in December as part of a congressional tax overhaul.
Critics Of Kasich’s Education Takeover Crowd Into Statehouse
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Mar 9, 6:33 AM: Kasich and House Republicans say the plan to combine the Department of Education, the Department of Higher Education and Office of Workforce Transformation office would streamline education for career-readiness. The new agency >
Dept. of Education works to blur the lines between high school and college
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Mar 1, 6:17 AM: Last week the Idaho Department of Education, in concert with the State Board of Education, hosted a Student Readiness Symposium at the College of Western Idaho.
Reform proposal would weaken State Board of Education
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Feb 15, 6:23 AM: House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a sweeping overhaul of Ohio’s educational structure, removing many of the powers of the State Board of Education and state superintendent and giving them to a new cabinet-level position under >
Decision on St. Louis school board and charter school renewals among delays from state board standof
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Feb 12, 8:58 AM: The Missouri Board of Education has now missed two of 11 meetings scheduled for this year, because it doesn’t have enough members for a quorum.
Intractable school challenges awaiting state’s new education commissioner
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Feb 12, 8:27 AM: When Jeffrey Riley came in as the state-appointed superintendent of the Lawrence Public Schools six years ago, he had the power to dramatically shake up the system to boost student achievement. He got rid of half the principals and >
State school reforms narrowing achievement gaps, helping parents
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Feb 9, 6:27 AM: New research shows that California’s overhaul of public education finance and accountability is narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students and helping parents learn about school progress.
NC Supreme Court will decide who’s in charge of the state’s public schools
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Feb 7, 8:44 AM: The state Supreme Court will tackle this week a case that will decide who’s in charge of overseeing North Carolina’s K-12 public schools, which have 1.5 million students and a $10 billion annual state budget.
School task force advocates for state funding flexibility
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Feb 6, 7:43 AM: Another common recommendation included the idea of untangling funding for charter schools and school districts. Many presenters advocated funding charter schools via direct allotment, meaning charter schools would avoid the school >
Race for California’s top education post draws five candidates
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Feb 2, 6:17 AM: With two months left before the deadline, at least five candidates have filed for California’s top education post, with three political newcomers joining the fray late last month.
Rauner agrees to tax-credit scholarship fixes to free up public school funding
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Jan 30, 6:52 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner said late Friday he’s found a compromise on his own snag involving tax-credit scholarships for private schools that was holding up funding for public school districts statewide.
Jeff Riley, Lawrence official, gets nod for state education commissioner
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Jan 30, 6:27 AM: The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday recommended Jeff Riley as the next commissioner by an 8-3 vote.
House K-12 mega-bill has first public airing
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Jan 26, 7:35 AM: The bill, which was posted online Tuesday night on the committee's page, addresses a myriad of issues such as accountability of private schools receiving tax credits, allows schools to set up their own governing boards with school >
New state charter schools director named
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Jan 23, 7:32 AM: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson appointed a longtime state Department of Education staffer to be director of the CDE’s charter schools division.

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