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deficit reduction debate that will dominate the 2012 campaign. The president also championed his Race to the Top education reform, which many educators and

AK: School districts approach Legislature to bolster budgets

By Sean Cockerham, Anchorage Daily News

School superintendents are coming to the Legislature asking for money to prevent major cuts, including the elimination of programs and more than 50 jobs in Anchorage. But there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm among lawmakers for giving the cash.
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AK: Report questions efficiency of Alaska university system

By The Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A self-commissioned report on the University of Alaska system advocates for decentralizing its administration, a move that would cost dozens of jobs at the system’s offices in Fairbanks.   Read More

AZ: Buyouts extended to about 250 at UA

By Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

Facing a proposed 20 percent cut in state funding, the University of Arizona is offering an incentive for some faculty to retire.   Read More

AZ: State’s universities say their campuses will ban medical marijuana

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, East Valley Tribune

Students, faculty and visitors to the state’s three universities are going to have to go without their medical marijuana even though it’s legal under state law.   Read More

AZ: Public money is directed to wrong places

By Laurie Roberts, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

We can’t afford to give children a proper education, but we can give a guy $650,000 so he can retire with a full public pension after a whole six years of work.   Read More

AZ: Higher tuition nearly certain

By Hillary Davis, Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff)

Tuition hikes are probable and furloughs are possible. But wholesale program cuts appear unlikely in response to proposed state budget cuts at Northern Arizona University.   Read More

AZ: Democratic lawmaker seeks boost for school grant program

By Tessa Muggeridge, Cronkite News Service, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix)

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to add philosophy to a list of courses that qualify schools for grants under a program intended to make Arizona students more competitive.   Read More

AZ: Arizona’s private-school scholarship program allows educational choice

By Ray Parker, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

Single mother Susan Schaffer and her sixth-grader not only support educational options, they live them.   Read More

CA: New penalties proposed for banned school fees

By Corey G. Johnson, California Watch

School districts that violate the state’s guarantee to a free education by illegally charging fees for classroom and extracurricular activities would have a portion of their annual budget withheld under newly proposed legislation.   Read More

CA: Auditors find financial errors at CSU auxiliaries

By Erica Perez, California Watch

Auditors for the California State University reviewed several auxiliary organizations at four campuses last year and found some had failed to adequately document credit card expenditures, bid competitively for projects and protect information security.   Read More

CO: Jim Kerr’s PERA bill would chop PERA members from board

By Joseph Boven, Colorado Independent

A bill to radically change the composition of the PERA board has been introduced (pdf) by Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton. His bill would reduce the number of members elected by PERA participants and replace them with political appointees.   Read More

CT: Donor’s expectations unreasonable

By Staff, The Hartford Courant

Why did Greenwich businessman Robert G. Burton contribute millions of dollars — including $3 million for the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs — to the University of Connecticut?   Read More

CT: UConn looks to ‘mend fences’ with angry donor

By Neil Vigdor, Connecticut Post

In the big business that is college athletics — where the generosity of boosters can transform a football program from an afterthought at a basketball school into a Bowl Championship Series contender — the University of Connecticut is calling a Hail Mary play.   Read More

CT: Elections panel fines UConn professor over Rell poll

By Ted Mann, The Day (New London)

The State Elections Enforcement Commission has fined a University of Connecticut professor $2,000 for using publicly paid graduate students to help him draft and conduct a poll for former Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s exploratory campaign committee in the spring of 2009.   Read More

CT: Head of CSUS board resigns in emergency telephone meeting

By Jacqueline Rabe, CTmirror.org

Karl Krapek, chairman of the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees, announced his resignation Wednesday at a “special emergency meeting” — the second leader of the four-campus system to step down in recent months.   Read More

CT: Krapek resigns as CSUS chairman

By Kathleen Megan, The Hartford Courant

Karl J. Krapek resigned Wednesday as board chairman for the Connecticut State University System, apparently at the request of Higher Education Commissioner Michael Meotti who was acting at the behest of the governor.   Read More

CT: Hathaway gets support from Austin, McHugh

By Desmond Conner, The Hartford Courant

STORRS, Conn. — It certainly hasn’t been comfortable for University of Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway this week, but he did get a boost Wednesday when two top UConn officials said they have been on the phone with unhappy benefactor Robert G. Burton and that they stand behind Hathaway.   Read More

CT: Malloy budget will take baby steps toward campaign goals

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas, CTmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spent much of the past fall discussing his visions for improvements in education, health care, economic development, transportation and other key public policy issues.   Read More

CT: As science scores lag, some schools take hands-on approach

By Robert A. Frahm, CTmirror.org

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Despite a sobering national report released today about the state of science education in the United States, some schools are proving that science can inspire students even in the most unlikely of places.   Read More

CT: Fewer than half of Connecticut students proficient on national science test

By Grace E. Merritt, The Hartford Courant

With fewer than half of Connecticut students proficient on a national science test, the state’s top education official is vowing to strengthen science education.   Read More

CT: UConn donor Robert G. Burton demands return of $3 million donation

By Paul Doyle, The Hartford Courant

A smiling Jeff Hathaway was holding the plaque as he stood next to Robert G. Burton in the photograph taken on Sept. 4, 2004, at Rentschler Field.   Read More

DE: Delaware schools — Science scores near US average

By Nichole Dobo, The News Journal (New Castle-Wilmington)

Elementary and middle school students in Delaware scored about average compared to their peers nationally on science tests given last school year, according to results released Tuesday.   Read More

FL: Florida’s 8th-graders score below national standards in science

By Leslie Postal, The Orlando Sentinel

Florida eighth-graders fell below national benchmarks when judged on “solid academic performance” in science while its fourth-graders kept pace with the nation, test results released Tuesday morning showed.   Read More

GA: Editorial — Educational groups are a start toward solution

By Staff, The Athens Banner-Herald

As Georgia’s new governor, Nathan Deal went to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs and Issues breakfast Tuesday in Atlanta to tout a three-pronged economic development initiative that included a focus on public education policy.   Read More

IA: Dress code authorization advances in Iowa House

By Rod Boshart, Quad-City Times

School officials in Iowa would have the authority to establish requirements for student dress within constitutional confines under legislation moving through the Iowa House.   Read More

IA: Lack of data makes preschool successes hard to tally

By Staci Hupp, The Des Moines Register

Iowans have little way of knowing how much their $156 million investment in preschool for 4-year-old children has paid off statewide in the past four years.   Read More

IA: Why are 13 Iowa football players hospitalized? No firm answers

By Mark Emmert, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa City, Iowa — Thirteen unidentified Iowa football players remain hospitalized with a muscle injury syndrome likely triggered by heavy workouts over the past week, university officials said Wednesday at a news conference.   Read More

IA: Less pricey inaugural for Terry Branstad means boon for Iowa scholars

By Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register

MidAmerican Energy Co. led a roster of donors who raised nearly $1 million for Gov. Terry Branstad’s inauguration.   Read More

IA: Branstad tells state officials — ‘Stop the hiring’

By Rod Boshart, Quad-City Times

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he is formulating a “very austere” two-year budget plan that will provide no new money for K-12 schools or for state employee pay increases negotiated by the previous administration.   Read More

IA: Prosecutors won’t act regarding financial misconduct, school boards group reports

By Clark Kauffman, The Des Moines Register

The state attorney general and U.S. attorney’s office will take no action against the Iowa Association of School Boards regarding its misuse of public money, the organization told legislators Tuesday.   Read More

IA: Iowa football players cite strenuous workouts before hospitalizations

By Tom Witosky, The Des Moines Register

Two members of the University of Iowa football team indicated they underwent exceptionally strenuous workouts days before they and 10 teammates were hospitalized.   Read More

IA: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement protests budget proposal

By Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register

Plans to eliminate programs like statewide preschool while pushing forward with tax breaks for corporations were at the center of a Capitol protest attended by hundreds of people Tuesday.   Read More

ID: Idaho law student sues university over firearms

By The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

MOSCOW, Idaho — A law student at the University of Idaho has filed a lawsuit challenging the school’s rules that prohibit him from storing firearms in his on-campus apartment.   Read More

IL: Dinner bell follows school bell for some students

By Tara Malone, Chicago Tribune

This year, 333 schools across Illinois, about 85 percent of them in Chicago, dished up dinner with help from a federal initiative that targets low-income students in an effort to narrow the nutrition gap.   Read More

IL: State, federal education leaders stop in Decatur to meet with local coalition, seeking ‘what actually works’

By Valerie Wells, Herald & Review (Decatur)

DECATUR, Ill. — The Decatur Area Education Coalition has caught the attention of Washington.   Read More

IL: State to cede control of Round Lake Area District 116

By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune

After a financial meltdown and nine years under the control of the state of Illinois, a small northwest suburban school district is about to begin fending for itself again.   Read More

IL: Schools take steps to combat food allergies

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune

Even as schools across Illinois put the finishing touches on new state-mandated food allergy policies, some health care advocates question whether they go far enough to keep children safe.   Read More

IN: Private schools would be exempt from calendar bill

By Staff, The Indianapolis Star

Private schools would be excluded from a bill, SB171, that would regulate school calendars.   Read More

IN: Ind. teachers voice concerns over education reform agenda

By Eric Bradner, Evansville Courier and Press

When Gov. Mitch Daniels visited with the Indiana Federation of Teachers at the Statehouse on Tuesday, a group of teachers angry with his education reform agenda saw an opportunity and pounced.   Read More

KS: Brownback wants definition of ‘suitable’ funding for schools

By David Klepper, Kansas City Star

Kansas lawmakers should define how much a public education should cost, says Gov. Sam Brownback, to finally settle the vexing debate at the center of the state’s money problems.   Read More

KS: Board of Regents calls 7.5 percent pay cut to state employees ‘unfair’

By Scott Rothschild, The Lawrence Journal-World

The state’s top higher education official on Wednesday criticized a proposed 7.5 percent pay cut to state employees.   Read More

KS: Kansas House budget committee approves proposal to cut state employees’ pay by 7.5 percent

By Scott Rothschild, The Lawrence Journal-World

The House budget-writing committee on Tuesday approved a budget that would cut state employee pay 7.5 percent as well as base state aid to public schools.   Read More

LA: Board of Regents targets 459 degree programs in Louisiana’s public colleges and universities

By Jan Moller, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Nearly one-third of the degree programs offered by Louisiana’s public colleges and universities are at risk of elimination under a streamlining initiative announced Wednesday by the Board of Regents.   Read More

MA: Report indicates history of problems with Andrew Shirvell, former Michigan AG who targeted gay U-M student

By Troy Reimink, mlive.com

Andrew Shirvell, the former assistant Michigan attorney general who attracted national attention last year for his crusade against the University of Michigan’s openly gay student assembly president, had a history of attacks on politicians and others, according to a new report.   Read More

MA: Troubled school systems getting high marks from many voters

By State House News Service, The Boston Globe

Nearly half of voters in 11 Massachusetts cities give their public schools a grade of A or B and just 12 percent rate their schools D or F, according to poll results released yesterday.   Read More

MD: U.S. Naval Academy the most popular liberal arts college, rankings say

By Liz F. Kay, The Sun (Baltimore)

The U.S. Naval Academy has been named the nation’s most popular liberal arts college, according to a ranking published by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The academy tops the magazine’s popularity list of schools based on its yield — the number of accepted students who decide to enroll as freshmen.   Read More

MD: Government high school test may be eliminated

By Liz Bowie, The Sun (Baltimore)

An American government exam taken by all high school students in Maryland would be eliminated next year under the proposed state budget, a surprising shift in policy that comes just three years after the test was made a graduation requirement.   Read More

MI: MEA on board with education reform

By Iris Salters, The Detroit News

One of the highlights of Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address was his continued call for bipartisanship and collaboration to address the issues Michigan faces.   Read More

MI: Gun bill would allow concealed weapons in Michigan schools, other places now restricted

By Peter Luke, mlive.com

Individuals with valid concealed weapons permits could carry them in areas currently prohibited by law, including schools, bars and sports stadiums, under introduced legislation.   Read More

MI: Education reform a focus of this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press

Reforming education and creating successful and competitive businesses will be the prime topics at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference.   Read More

MI: Michigan students’ science test results top national average

By Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press

Michigan’s fourth- and eighth-graders fared slightly better than their public-school peers across the U.S. on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress science exam.   Read More

MN: Money woes test school quality

By Curt Brown and Kelly Smith, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mindy Lattimore got nothing but blank stares from her students when she brought her Class of ’96 letter jacket to school.   Read More

MN: Minn. House considers new ways to license teachers

By The Associated Press, Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Less than a week after U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan scolded Minnesota for not having more ways for talented people to become teachers, the state House Education Finance Committee is set to debate the issue.   Read More

MN: Minn. Senate committee approves teacher pay freeze

By Chris Williams, The Associated Press, Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Minnesota school employees would have their wages frozen under a proposal that advanced through the state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.   Read More

MN: Minn. science proficiency results called a shock

By Norman Draper, Brainerd Daily Dispatch

As the world grows ever more competitive, test results showing that fewer than half of Minnesota fourth- and eighth-graders are proficient in science are “shocking,” new state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Tuesday.   Read More

MO: Nixon names 2 lawyers as MU curators

By The Associated Press, Jefferson City News Tribune

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed two lawyers to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.   Read More

MO: Higher ed officials thankful proposed cuts are small

By Bob Watson, Jefferson City News Tribune

Missouri college and university administrators said this week they’re pleased Gov. Jay Nixon cut their budgets by only 7 percent in the 2011-12 budget proposal he submitted to lawmakers last week.   Read More

MS: Fully fund public schools, activists urge

By Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson)

Education activists rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol, urging Mississippi lawmakers to fully fund public schools to help improve academic performance and the state’s future.   Read More

MS: Inappropriate sex acts by educators target of bill

By Staff, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson)

Following a rash of high-profile cases in which teachers engaged in sexual acts with students, the Mississippi House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to crack down on inappropriate conduct by educators.   Read More

MS: Students’ science skills lagging

By Staff, Hattiesburg American

A national education report handed down Tuesday paints a fairly bleak picture of the science skills for the nation’s students.   Read More

MT: Panel adds money to U-system budget, but it’s still below governor’s level

By Charles S. Johnson, Billings Gazette

A legislative budget panel added money Wednesday to the Montana University System budget, but the figure still fell about $27 million short of what Gov. Brian Schweitzer originally proposed.   Read More

MT: Schweitzer hits familiar themes in final State of State address

By Mike Dennison, Billings Gazette

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, repeating familiar themes in his final State of the State address, told lawmakers and a statewide broadcast audience Wednesday night that Montana’s economy is beginning to boom and can easily finance a top-drawer education system, without making big budget cuts.   Read More

MT: Lawmakers weigh anti-bullying policy

By Matt Gouras, Great Falls Tribune

Montana’s schools superintendent, attorney general and many others told lawmakers Monday that state standards are needed for school bullying policies to help end a problem that afflicts many students each year.   Read More

NC: Schools center stage in politics

By Thomas Godlsmith, The News & Observer (Raleigh)

People with a stake in the future of education in North Carolina and Wake County are making their case in the streets, in the halls of the legislature and with their e-mail send keys.   Read More

ND: ND students perform above national average in science testing

By The Associated Press, The Bismarck Tribune

North Dakotans were among the best in the nation in science testing of students in grades four and eight.   Read More

ND: Bills target out-of-state students — Bismarck lawmaker says ND is wrongly subsidizing tuition for nonresidents

By Amy Dalrymple, The Forum (Fargo)

Two bills in the North Dakota Legislature take aim at the large number of out-of-state students in the North Dakota University System.   Read More

ND: Source — UND pushed early resolution on nickname

By Jeff Kolpack, The Forum (Fargo)

The University of North Dakota asked an athletic conference it once considered joining to publicly come out against accepting the Fighting Sioux as a member until the controversial nickname and logo issue was resolved, according to Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple.   Read More

ND: North Dakota student leaders oppose tuition freeze

By Amy Dalrymple, The Forum (Fargo)

A proposal to freeze tuition at North Dakota’s public universities would seem to be popular with college students.   Read More

ND: NDSU fined $5K for July manure spill

By Amy Dalrymple, The Forum (Fargo)

North Dakota State University has been fined $5,000 in connection with a manure spill last July, the Department of Health said Tuesday.   Read More

ND: North Dakota House says schools must conduct lockdown drills

By The Associated Press, The Forum (Fargo)

North Dakota’s House has approved a bill to require schools to conduct “lockdown” and other emergency drills.   Read More

NE: Editorial, 1/26 — No to concealed guns in schools

By Staff, Lincoln Journal Star

How far out on the fringe is Sen. Mark Christensen’s proposal to allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons?   Read More

NE: Schools skittish as lawmakers figure how to set state aid during budget crisis

By Kevin O’Hanlon, Lincoln Journal Star

Mention state aid to schools around the Capitol these days and a lot of folks get skittish.   Read More

NH: Bad education bill highlights old truth

By Staff, Concord Monitor

Let’s give state Rep. Ralph Boehm some credit. In sponsoring legislation that rightly drew a crowd of worried educators to the State House this week, he has shined some needed light on New Hampshire’s very own inconvenient truth: The state’s financial contribution to public schools is nowhere near large enough to provide the court-ordered “adequate education.”   Read More

NH: NH 4th, 8th graders lead in science test

By The Associated Press, Concord Monitor

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch says students in the 4th and 8th grades are leading the country in latest round of a national science test.   Read More

NH: Bill to pare education draws ire

By Karen Langley, Concord Monitor

More than 100 people tried to cram into a hearing room yesterday on a bill to trim the state’s definition of an adequate education by dropping art, world language, health and technology classes.   Read More

NV: Can’t cut to greatness

By Staff, Las Vegas Sun

Lawmakers started reviewing Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $5.8 billion two-year budget proposal this week in a series of hearings. The governor outlined his plan in his State of the State address Monday night, and his plans for education — which consumes a bulk of the state budget — immediately came under scrutiny.   Read More

NV: Teachers, state workers would feel most pain under Sandoval budget, legislator says

By Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Teachers and state workers are making the principal sacrifices under the budget proposed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the leader of the state Assembly said Wednesday.   Read More

NV: Sandoval plan would jeopardize school district’s finances, CFO says

By Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to divert $411 million in the Clark County School District’s bond reserves to cover classroom costs would violate state law and jeopardize the system’s ability to pay off outstanding construction bonds, district officials said Wednesday.   Read More

NV: Nevada education- Schools scramble to assess budget cuts, plan

By Michael Martinez, The Reno Gazette-Journal

Calling Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget cuts another assault on Nevada’s already under-performing schools, education leaders began assessing Tuesday what the impact will be to the future of student achievement in K-12 schools, colleges and universities.   Read More

NV: Education funding cut depends on perspective

By Richard Lake, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Depending on how it’s measured, what it’s measured against, what you call a cut and who’s doing the talking, the state higher education system’s budget would be cut by somewhere between 7 percent and 42 percent under Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget plan, presented Monday.   Read More

NY: Preparing to fight school cuts

By Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany)

Poor and minority students stand to suffer the most from the expected school aid cuts Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised, according to a new report.   Read More

NY: Poll offers mixed budget message

By Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union (Albany)

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is viewed favorably by voters, he’s likely to sadden them next week when he proposes a budget filled with cuts to spending for education and health care, plus around 10,000 public employee layoffs.   Read More

NY: Preparing to fight school cuts

By Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany)

Poor and minority students stand to suffer the most from the expected school aid cuts Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised, according to a new report.   Read More

OH: Enrollment ebbs at University of Toledo, but retention called better

By Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, Toledo Blade

The University of Toledo says its long-range strategy of attracting higher-caliber students by increasing admission standards is working.   Read More

OH: Good news; Bad news

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch

The majority of Ohio students don’t know a whole lot about science, but their lackluster scores on a recent national assessment were still higher than the average American student.   Read More

OK: Superintendents’ opposition to new Oklahoma law about money, not students

By Staff, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

Union schools Superintendent Cathy Burden went before the media Monday to contend that school vouchers “threaten the American ideal of public education” and are thus “one of the major civil rights issues of our time.”   Read More

OR: Oregon students score above average on national science test, but only one-third deemed proficient

By Kimberly Melton, The Oregonian (Portland)

Michael Rockow just completed a science lesson with his middle school students involving corn syrup and ice cream.   Read More

PA: Pennsylvania legislators reintroduce bills on sports concussions

By Larry King, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The big and burly guns were there: former Eagles stars Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick, a top NFL official, a host of influential Pennsylvania legislators.   Read More

PA: Gov. Tom Corbett to receive Founders Day award at Lebanon Valley College

By Barbara Miller, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a 1971 alumnus of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, will receive the college’s 32nd annual Founders Day award Feb. 15.   Read More

PA: Hundreds voice support of ‘school choice’ in capital

By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Political momentum is building for taxpayer-funded school tuition vouchers, as hundreds of people clogged the Capitol rotunda Tuesday to support the idea of “school choice.”   Read More

RI: Another advocacy group calls for school reforms in Rhode Island

By Jennifer D. Jordan, The Providence Journal

For the second time in two days, an education-advocacy group is appealing to Governor Chafee to push ahead with controversial school reforms, in this case the growth of public charter schools, an expansion the governor has made clear he does not support.   Read More

RI: Snow days eating away summer break for many R.I. school districts

By Donita Naylor, The Providence Journal

Yet another northeaster is on the way, this one expected to start slowly around 4 p.m. Wednesday, get up to full force around 9 p.m. and deliver a total of 8 to 12 inches by about 10 a.m. Thursday.   Read More

RI: Students say diploma plan unfair

By Linda Borg, The Providence Journal

The principals have had their say. So have the teachers and parents. Last night, it was the students’ moment. It was their chance to say “no” to a proposed graduation system that they say would dash their dreams and destroy their pride.   Read More

SC: Zais — SC test scores should be wake-up call

By The Associated Press, The State (Columbia)

South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais says the results of a national science test show students’ performance must improve if they hope to compete for science and technology careers.   Read More

SD: SD students do well in science testing

By The Associated Press, Rapid City Journal

The state Education Department said South Dakota students scored near the top in national science testing of students in grades 4 and 8.   Read More

SD: State expands Indian education push

By Staff, Argus Leader (Sioux Falls)

The South Dakota College Access Challenge Grant is expanding to include six Board of Regents’ institutions.   Read More

TN: Gov. Haslam says education proposals aren’t anti-teacher

By Jennifer Brooks, The Tennessean (Nashville)

Gov. Bill Haslam says new proposals to end collective bargaining and tenure for teachers is not a sign of “anti-teacher” sentiment in the Republican-controlled Tennessee legislature.   Read More

TN: School boards association backs anti-collective bargaining for teachers

By Jennifer Brooks, The Tennessean (Nashville)

Tennessee School Boards Association officials said they are one of the driving forces behind new legislation that would keep teacher unions from collective bargaining with school systems.   Read More

TX: One nation, indivisible

By Staff, The New York Times

Fifteen years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit flouted Supreme Court law when it struck down affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. Last week, in an act of redemption, the appellate court upheld an admissions plan for undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin that takes race into account to encourage diversity.   Read More

TX: Senate offers deep spending cuts, proposes siphoning Perry’s jobs fund

By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News

Senate GOP leaders on Monday introduced a two-year budget cutting deeply into public schools, college students’ financial aid and health care providers.   Read More

TX: Pre-K programs vulnerable as schools confront cuts

By Morgan Smith, The Texas Tribune

Just how important is full-day pre-kindergarten for the state’s youngest and most disadvantaged kids?   Read More

US: Duncan’s school of wisdom

By George F. Will, The Washington Post

What America needs, says one American parent, is more parents who resemble South Korean parents.   Read More

US: Endowments at universities see gains after 2009 losses

By Tamar Lewin, The New York Times

The value of university endowments increased an average of 11.9 percent for fiscal 2010, making up most of the ground lost in the previous year, according to the comprehensive Nacubo-Commonfund Study of Endowments, released Wednesday. In the previous fiscal year, endowments were down an average of 18.7 percent.   Read More

US: N.R.A. stymies firearms research, scientists say

By Michael Luo, The New York Times

In the wake of the shootings in Tucson, the familiar questions inevitably resurfaced: Are communities where more people carry guns safer or less safe? Does the availability of high-capacity magazines increase deaths? Do more rigorous background checks make a difference?   Read More

US: States vs. teachers (it’s not just a Jersey thing)

By Sean Cavanagh, The Press of Atlantic City

WASHINGTON — Teachers unions find themselves on the defensive in states across the country, as governors and lawmakers press forward with proposals to target job protections and benefits that elected officials contend the public can no longer afford academically or financially.   Read More

UT: Utah educators and judges explore options for reducing truancies

By Spencer Garn, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

The adverse effect truancies have on students and communities brought Utah educators, judges and students together Wednesday to discuss how to keep students in the classroom.   Read More

UT: House committee endorses bill requiring concussion policies in youth sports

By Marjorie Cortez, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

Amateur sports organizations would be required to adopt and enforce concussion and head injury policies under a bill endorsed Wednesday by the Utah Legislature’s House Health and Human Services Standing Committee.   Read More

UT: Utah lawmakers move school bus ads bill

By The Associated Press, The Daily Herald (Provo)

Utah lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow cash-strapped school districts to sell advertisements on school buses.   Read More

UT: Utah Governor- Fund education, develop nuke power

By Josh Loftin, The Daily Herald (Provo)

Utah must focus on funding education, energy development, job creation and preserving its state sovereignty, Gary Herbert said Wednesday in his first State of the State address as an elected governor.   Read More

UT: Utah students outpace peers in science scores

By Staff, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

Utah students are ahead of their peers nationally when it comes to science, according to data released Tuesday.   Read More

UT: Democratic legislative leaders call education the most critical issue

By Amanda Verzello, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

Utah’s Democratic legislative leaders called education the most critical issue for the state when outlining their goals for this year’s session.   Read More

UT: Utah- Schools may teach about energy industry

By The Associated Press, The Daily Herald (Provo)

Utah students could learn about energy development and mining under a bill passed by the House.   Read More

VA: Committee backs higher-education overhaul legislation

By Karin Kapsidelis, Richmond Times-Dispatch

A bill overhauling Virginia’s higher-education system moved forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the House Appropriations Committee.   Read More

WA: Governor’s proposed capital budget leaves off Spokane medical school

By Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

A new medical school building in Spokane is not on the list of large construction projects being proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire for the next two years, a group of government and business leaders from Eastern Washington was told Wednesday.   Read More

WA: Wash. students slightly above nation in science

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, The Associated Press, seattlepi.com

SEATTLE — Washington students are barely above the national average in science education, according to results from a national exam released Tuesday.   Read More

WA: Education group to push for funding

By Staff, The Seattle Times

Higher-education supporters have formed another new group that aims to pressure the Legislature to be more generous with education funding.   Read More

WI: State Democrats blast regulatory reform measure

By Todd Richmond, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)

A bill granting Republican Gov. Scott Walker oversight of state agencies’ rule-making powers would “wreak havoc” with state programs, hamper routine wildlife regulations, rob the state schools superintendent of power and open the door to multiple lawsuits, the proposal’s opponents said Tuesday.   Read More

WI: Wis. Democrats blast regulatory reform measure

By The Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)

A bill granting Republican Gov. Scott Walker oversight of state agencies’ rule-making powers would “wreak havoc” with state programs, hamper routine wildlife regulations, rob the state schools superintendent of power and open the door to multiple lawsuits, the proposal’s opponents said Tuesday.   Read More

WI: Science literacy gap wide in state

By Erin Richards, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin’s fourth- and eighth-grade students as a whole scored above average on a national science assessment in 2009, but results released Tuesday raise concerns about the state’s African-American student achievement and about scientific literacy in general.   Read More

WV: Doing the math on W.Va. education

By Staff, Charleston Daily Mail

CQ Press published an exhaustive study of education statistics that compares and ranks the states in more than 400 categories, including average class size and spending per pupil.   Read More

WY: Wyoming House narrowly approves charter school bill

By Bob Moen, The Associated Press, Casper Star-Tribune

The state House of Representatives narrowly gave its initial approval to a bill that would remove some restrictions on efforts to start a public charter school despite some lawmakers’ concerns about the cost.   Read More

WY: Key education bills clear Wyoming Senate committee

By Joan Barron, Casper Star-Tribune

Senators will debate two major bills aimed at improving Wyoming’s schools after the Senate Education Committee endorsed them on Wednesday.   Read More

WY: Tenure bill targets Wyoming teachers’ independent hearings

By Jackie Borchardt, Casper Star-Tribune

Preempting changes to the “teacher tenure” bill in the Senate, Rep. Matt Teeters drafted a House bill to reform how teachers are employed and terminated in Wyoming.   Read More

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