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AL: Alabama college tuition program millions in red

By Markeshia Ricks, Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama Legislature rescued the state’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program last year by agreeing to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the program starting in 2015, but Alabama’s new state treasurer said it likely will have to put in much more money to honor every outstanding contract.
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AL: Cuts threaten Alabama schools’ progress

By Markeshia Ricks, The Birmingham News

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton told state board members Thursday that initiatives that have been pushed over the years to improve the quality of education in Alabama have taken the state from the bottom of the heap to being a competitor.   Read More

AL: Gov. asks about impact of potential education cuts

By Phillip Rawls, The Associated Press, Montgomery Advertiser

Education officials are worried that tougher times are ahead because Alabama’s new governor is asking how their schools and colleges would be hit by a 3 percent budget cut this year and 10 percent drop in funding next year.   Read More

AL: Robert Bentley considering across-the-board cuts to state education budget

By The Associated Press, The Birmingham News

Gov. Robert Bentley is asking education officials how their schools and colleges would be affected by a 3 percent budget cut this year and 10 percent drop in funding next year.   Read More

AL: Bentley tells state school board possible there will be no proration of schools in 2011 budget

By Bob Lowry, The Birmingham News

Gov. Robert Bentley told the state school board today there’s “a possibility” there may be no need to declare proration in the 2011 state education budget.   Read More

AR: Arkansas St. announces record spring enrollment

By The Associated Press, Northwest Arkansas Times

Arkansas State University says spring enrollment on its Jonesboro campus is a record 13,239 students.   Read More

AR: Bill to ban in-state tuition for illegal immigrants tabled

By John Lyon, Arkansas News Bureau

A bill to ban anyone who is not legally in the U.S. from receiving in-state tuition at an Arkansas college or university was tabled today after two hours of testimony in the House Education Committee.   Read More

AR: Beebe names Paragould man to university board

By The Associated Press, Northwest Arkansas Times

A Paragould man has been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.   Read More

AZ: Campaign stresses Arizona duty to fund education

By Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

A group of community and business leaders, including retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is launching a public-awareness campaign designed to draw attention to the state’s constitutional mandate to support education.   Read More

AZ: Arizona bill aims to loosen gun laws

By Alia Beard Rau, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

Arizona solidified its reputation last year as one of the most liberal gun states in the nation after the Legislature passed a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.   Read More

AZ: Arizona students fare poorly in science

By Kerry Fehr-Snyder, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

Arizona students fell far below their peers nationally in science know-how, a report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed this week.   Read More

CA: Jerry Brown’s ploy to save $1.8 billion for California schools

By Daniel B. Wood, The Christian Science Monitor

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown would cut nearly 400 local redevelopment agencies, which use property taxes for construction, redevelopment, and beautification projects. Mayors object.   Read More

CA: Capitol Journal — Chipping away at community colleges

By George Skelton, Los Angeles Times

California’s community colleges always have been among the best bargains in America.   Read More

CA: Community colleges struggle to meet demand for health classes

By Erica Perez, California Watch

A new opinion survey of nearly three dozen deans from California community colleges suggests many colleges are turning away qualified applicants from health care programs at a time when demand is expected to soar.   Read More

CA: Muted response to proposed community college fee hikes

By Louis Freedberg, California Watch

Unlike the often angry responses in recent years to fee increases at UC and CSU, the community college fee hike proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown is being met with little resistance.   Read More

CT: Malloy — Raise kindergarten age even without expanded pre-school

By Jacqueline Rabe,

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday the state should move to increase the minimum age for kindergarten, without waiting until it can afford expanded pre-school for low-income students whose public education is delayed.   Read More

CT: Burton Family Football Complex Built mostly with state money; Taxpayers paid $31 million for two UConn buildings

By Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant

Greenwich millionaire Robert G. Burton has received plenty of publicity lately for seeking the return of $3 million that he gave to the University of Connecticut’s football team.   Read More

CT: New era at CSUS as Trustees Chairman resigns

By Staff, The Hartford Courant

Karl J. Krapek’s resignation this week as chairman of the Connecticut State University System’s board of trustees was the best outcome for a system under siege and in need of change.   Read More

CT: Budget crisis could impact higher ed’s fiscal autonomy

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe,

With state officials staring at the worst deficit in Connecticut history, and public colleges and universities still reeling from a series of public fiscal embarrassments, the broad budgetary flexibility higher education has enjoyed for more than two decades could begin to shrink — but not without a fight.   Read More

CT: Malloy — CSU’s Krapek may have read ‘the writing on the wall’

By Jacqueline Rabe,

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he did not seek the resignation of the chairman of Connecticut State University System’s Board of Trustees, but said he wasn’t surprised by Karl Krapek’s decision in light of CSU’s “real tough year.”   Read More

DE: Delaware budget — Stimulus money for colleges runs out

By Wade Malcolm, The News Journal (New Castle-Wilmington)

Gov. Jack Markell proposed increases in state support for higher education in his spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. And yet, Delaware’s three public higher-education institutions will likely walk away with less money.   Read More

FL: Prepaid tuition — the good, the bad, the confusing

By Michael Vasquez, The Miami Herald

The cost of paying for college at Florida public universities has been rising fast in recent years, but another education expense has spiked even faster: The cost of prepaying for college.   Read More

GA: Editorial — UGA students must earn tailgate changes

By Staff, The Athens Banner-Herald

University of Georgia students might deserve consideration of a request made on their behalf by the Student Government Association, which is asking the university’s administration to ease restrictions on football gameday tailgating on the school’s historic and picturesque North Campus.   Read More

GA: More absences can mean fewer high school graduates

By Jason Wermers, The Augusta Chronicle

As the U.S. economy continues to add highly skilled jobs and shed low-skilled positions, a high school diploma — and at least some college work leading to a technical certification, if not a four-year degree — has become essential for most people seeking a successful career.   Read More

GA: Teacher pension staff’s pay stuns

By James Salzer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While teachers went without cost-of-living raises last year and had to take unpaid days off, some top state staffers managing their retirement accounts got pay boosts of more than 35 percent.   Read More

GA: Contracting SC bus operations could be costly

By The Associated Press, The Augusta Chronicle

For months on the campaign trail, Nikki Haley touted privatizing South Carolina’s school bus fleet as one possibility for saving money.   Read More

GA: UGA gets $880K grant for biofuel study

By Staff, Atlanta Business Chronicle

The University of Georgia researchers won an $880,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to experiment with pine tree plantations for potential use in biofuel production.   Read More

GA: Graduation rate will drop, state superintendent says

By The Associated Press, The Augusta Chronicle

The state’s high school graduation rate will likely plummet by at least 10 percentage points this year because of a new federally mandated calculation, Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge said Thursday.   Read More

HI: Isle schools must push science

By Staff, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

President Barack Obama expressed dismay in last week’s State of the Union speech that “the quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations.” The same day, the Nation’s Report Card revealed that Hawaii’s public schools rank second from the bottom in science proficiency at the fourth-grade level.   Read More

HI: DOE seeks ways to cool classrooms

By Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Over the past decade, the state has installed air conditioning in just three schools. Three more projects are under way, but the Department of Education has acknowledged that without a lot more money — and electricity — it can’t air-condition many of the state’s hottest public schools any time soon.   Read More

HI: Hawaiian education funding up

By Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

As part of a push to extend services to more native Hawaiian children statewide, Kamehameha Schools spent $102 million on educational outreach programs last fiscal year, up from $57 million in 2006.   Read More

HI: Thompson Academy put on path to probation

By Susan Essoyan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The state Charter School Review Panel voted yesterday to take the first step toward putting Myron B. Thompson Academy on probation for failing to respond seriously to concerns over nepotism and favoritism at the online school.   Read More

IA: Iowa launches investigation into unauthorized access of medical records of football players

By Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa

The University of Iowa has launched an investigation after a routine check determined that someone may have accessed the electronic medical records of 13 Iowa football players who were admitted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.   Read More

IA: Iowa above average on ‘report card’

By Staci Hupp, The Des Moines Register

Iowa students outpaced their national counterparts in fourth- and eighth-grade science on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation’s report card.   Read More

IA: Student retention rates up at 3 Regent schools

By Jens Manuel Krogstad, The Des Moines Register

A growing number of students at Iowa’s three public universities are returning after their freshman year, a sign programs put in place to bolster retention rates are working, officials said.   Read More

IA: More out-of-staters flock to universities

By Jens Manuel Krogstad, The Des Moines Register

Ames, Iowa — The percentage of out-of-state students attending Iowa’s public universities has reached an all-time high, a trend that ensures money for professors, researchers and infrastructure.   Read More

IA: Higher-education board members criticize plan

By Katherine Long, The Seattle Times

The state’s colleges and universities would suffer under a proposal to put them together with K-12 schools in one overarching new education department, say members of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board.   Read More

IA: Branstad budget would lower business taxes

By Jennifer Jacobs, The Des Moines Register

Much of state government would see reductions, and possible layoffs, while commercial property owners and corporations would pay lower taxes under a budget proposal Republican Gov. Terry Branstad pitched Thursday.   Read More

IA: Branstad budget plan would end free preschool

By Staci Hupp, The Des Moines Register

Iowa families, no matter their income, would pay to put their 4-year-old children through preschool under Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposed state budget, but the fees would be minimal for the most cash-strapped families.   Read More

IA: Scrutiny of football program by U of I is the right move

By Staff, The Des Moines Register

One college football player hospitalized due to practice-related health problems is cause for concern. Thirteen is cause for alarm.   Read More

IA: University of Iowa seeks to oust suspended professor

By Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press, The Des Moines Register

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa is trying to force the resignation of a suspended professor who has made widely publicized discrimination complaints, with a school lawyer threatening to release damaging personnel information unless the two sides quickly reach a settlement.   Read More

IA: State Board of Education rejects Waterloo schools dress code

By Mike Wiser, Quad-City Times

The Iowa Board of Education unanimously agreed Thursday that the Waterloo School Board overstepped its authority when it imposed a dress code on students last spring.   Read More

IA: Iowa to investigae 13 player hospitalizations

By The Associated Press, Quad-City Times

University of Iowa leaders promised Thursday to investigate what caused 13 football players to be hospitalized with an unusual muscle disorder following offseason workouts.   Read More

IA: Branstad offers smaller, streamlined budget

By Rod Boshart, Quad-City Times

Lawmakers in the split-control Iowa Legislature agreed the $6.16 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2012 that Gov. Terry Branstad unveiled Thursday would be their starting point.   Read More

IA: $1.1B UIHC overhaul on deck

By B.A. Morelli, Iowa City Press-Citizen

University of Iowa officials are considering more than $1.1 billion in projects as part of a major overhaul of the health care campus, according to a hospital report to the Iowa state Board of Regents released Thursday.   Read More

IA: Branstad budget proposal impacts

By Staff, The Des Moines Register

The proposed budget allocates the entire $161.4 million requested by the judicial branch.   Read More

ID: New count shows UI enrollment continues to grow

By The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

The University of Idaho is reporting another semester of growing enrollment at its campuses statewide.   Read More

ID: Reform could hurt Idaho students without Internet

By The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A lack of technological infrastructure in northern Idaho will put area students at a disadvantage under proposed state education reforms that call for students to take online classes every year to graduate, school officials say.   Read More

ID: Idaho’s budget gap could balloon to $185 million

By John Miller, The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

Idaho’s budget deficit may be five times wider than Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced earlier this month, leaving lawmakers with gut-wrenching decisions over whether to cut programs like public education or consider raising taxes.   Read More

ID: Bill would give new Idaho tech school faster start

By The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

Plans for a professional-technical high school in northern Idaho would be expedited under a bill before lawmakers in the 2011 Idaho Legislature   Read More

IL: Rules let educators cross state lines to get pensions along with salaries

By Diane Rado and Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune

A Tribune investigation has found that crossing state lines is one of the most lucrative ways for retired superintendents to collect multiple government checks without breaking pension rules, according to salary and pension data.   Read More

IL: Our lawmakers tell us what they want to achieve

By Mike Riopell Jeff Engelhardt, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights)

Given the state’s sorry financial condition, it can be tough to catch state lawmakers talking about much else.   Read More

IL: UIS campus senate discusses $200,000 settlement to student

By Bruce Rushton, The State Journal-Register (Springfield)

Some members of the campus senate at the University of Illinois Springfield said Friday they were disturbed that they didn’t know about a $200,000 settlement paid to a UIS student until they read a story in The State Journal-Register.   Read More

IL: Pension changes let employers off hook, union president says

By Margo Rutledge Kissell and Laura A. Bischoff, Dayton Daily News

Many teachers were learning at the end of the school day Thursday that they could have to pay a larger share of their retirement costs and see their pension benefits reduced under a plan designed to keep the State Teachers Retirement System solvent.   Read More

IL: State budget cuts force cancellation of high school rodeo finals

By Tim Landis, The State Journal-Register (Springfield)

State budget cuts mean the National High School Finals Rodeo will not be coming back to Springfield.   Read More

IN: Daniels likes what he sees at Bowman Academy

By Chelsea Schneider Kirk, Gary Post-Tribune

Gov. Mitch Daniels told a group of Thea Bowman Leadership Academy seniors on Thursday that he has closely tracked the Gary charter school’s successes.   Read More

IN: Gov. — Measure student growth all year long

By Jon Seidel, Gary Post-Tribune

Gov. Mitch Daniels says he wants to measure student growth as teachers are evaluated and “not absolutes.”   Read More

KS: Senate Ways and Means Committee rejects some education funding cuts in Kansas budget proposal

By John Milburn, The Lawrence Journal-World

A Kansas Senate committee on Thursday rejected some of the cuts to public school funding proposed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a move the panel’s chairwoman says would still leave the state with a balanced budget next year albeit little financial cushion.   Read More

KY: Higher-education agenda reflects lean budget

By Nancy C. Rodriguez, The Courier-Journal (Louisville)

After years of lean state budgets, public universities don’t have an ambitious agenda during this session of the General Assembly.   Read More

KY: Dropout bill, student assignments top issues

By Antoinette Konz, The Courier-Journal (Louisville)

Raising Kentucky’s high school dropout age to 18 and debate about neighborhood and charter schools are expected to be among the top education issues lawmakers grapple with this session.   Read More

MA: A clash over drug curbs at schools

By Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe

Governor Deval Patrick wants to shrink drug-free school zones from 1,000 feet to 100 feet, fueling debate about whether the law effectively protects children from drug dealers or simply sends too many low-level offenders to overcrowded prisons to serve excessive sentences at taxpayers’ expense.   Read More

MI: Where’s the MEA reform?

By Staff, The Detroit News

For an organization of teachers, the Michigan Education Association is slow to learn its political science lessons.   Read More

MI: Outsourcing services wrong move for state, cities, schools

By State Sen. Bert Johnson, Detroit Free Press

As state and municipal budgets continue to contract, elected leaders from the Governor’s office and the state Legislature to city councils and school boards must be ever more vigilant in finding ways to balance their respective budgets.   Read More

MI: Michigan teacher tenure reform back on the table

By Peter Luke,

The Michigan Education Association managed to block House consideration of a teacher tenure change measure in last year’s lame duck session when Democrats controlled the chamber.   Read More

MN: Teacher licensing plan moves through Minn. House

By Chris Williams, 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, a state House committee approved a bill aiming to do just that.   Read More

MO: Missouri curators approve tuition, fee increases

By The Associated Press, Jefferson City News Tribune

Tuition at the four University of Missouri campuses will likely increase for the first time in three years after a vote Friday by the systems’ Board of Curators.   Read More

MO: Search for Missouri university president begins

By The Associated Press, Jefferson City News Tribune

University of Missouri curators agreed Thursday to hire an executive search firm in the hunt for the four-campus system’s next president, saying they will take their time to ensure they find the best possible candidate.   Read More

MO: Senators debate school funding

By Bob Watson, Jefferson City News Tribune

Seven Mid-Missouri school districts would gain some money in the next 18 months, while 25 others would lose under Gov. Jay Nixon’s school funding budget proposal. ‘   Read More

MT: Tax compliance bill draws supporters, opponents

By Charles S. Johnson, Billings Gazette

With hundreds of millions of dollars being cut from human services and education budgets, some advocates on Thursday urged passage of a bill to raise more state revenue by requiring income tax withholdings on sales of Montana real estate by out-of-state residents.   Read More

NC: Bill would scrap charter schools cap

By The Associated Press, The Charlotte Observer

New legislation in the N.C. General Assembly would scrap the 100-school limit on taxpayer-funded charter schools.   Read More

NJ: Proposal would shift N.J. money to suburban school districts by cutting preschool hours

By Staff, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

A proposal being pushed by Senate Republicans would shift state money to cash-strapped suburban districts by cutting back preschool for the state’s neediest students, according to a document obtained by The Star-Ledger.   Read More

NJ: N.J. Democrats, Republicans agree on Rutgers professor as 11th member of redistricting commission

By Matt Friedman, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

Democratic and Republican members of the state’s legislative redistricting commission said today they expect Rutgers University public policy professor Alan Rosenthal to be the 11th tie-breaking member of the commission.   Read More

NJ: N.J. school, local officials look for ways to cope with 2 percent tax cap

By Megan DeMarco, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

Among Bergen County administrators, March 17, 2010 is known as “The St. Patrick’s Day Massacre.” It’s the day 27 school districts found out they lost most or all of their state aid, according to River Dell Regional School District Superintendent Patrick Fletcher.   Read More

NJ: N.J. Senate committee to consider bill that would require schools to conduct classes about dating violence

By The Associated Press, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

Schools in New Jersey might have to conduct classes about dating violence. The Senate Education Committee today will consider a bill that would create a task force to develop a policy to address dating violence.   Read More

NJ: Gov. Christie touts success of charter schools while only offerring selective facts

By Bob Braun, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

So — what’s the problem? Why can’t the state tell the truth about charter schools? Why does the governor have to be asked repeatedly to be fair about comparing charter schools with conventional schools? He’s such a fan of charters, you’d think — prosecutor that he was — he’d jump at the chance of blowing away critics with facts.   Read More

NJ: ‘School choice’ becomes latest broken promise to N.J.’s neediest children

By Bob Braun, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

It is happening again. Once more, promises — promises backed by law — made to New Jersey’s neediest children have been broken.   Read More

NJ: Christie highlights education and benefits reform, fiscal discipline in Chamber of Commerce address

By Staff, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

WASHINGTON — It would take more than another dumping of snow to stop New Jersey’s lawmakers and lobbyists from wheeling and dealing, drinks in hand, on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual train trek to Washington.   Read More

NM: Hand-picked trio of school board candidates draws big backing

By Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican

School board elections can sometimes be ho-hum affairs that draw few voters to the polls.   Read More

NV: Budget battle something special

By Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Democratic legislators battled Republican legislators during two special sessions in 2003 over a proposed budget they felt shortchanged education.   Read More

NV: Nevada students below national average in science test

By The Associated Press, The Reno Gazette-Journal

State school officials say Nevada fourth- and eighth-graders scored below the national average on science tests in the 2009 National Assessment for Educational Progress.   Read More

NV: Nevada university chancellor warns budget cuts will damage state’s college system

By Ray Hagar, The Reno Gazette-Journal

University Chancellor Dan Klaich promised state lawmakers Thursday that he wouldn’t “whine” during his presentation on the financial state of Nevada’s university system.   Read More

NV: Former Colorado ed chief wants to lure former deputies to Nevada

By The Associated Press, The Denver Post

LAS VEGAS — The new Las Vegas-area schools chief wants to use donated funds to hire former associates from Colorado and Kansas to propose reforms for the nation’s fifth-largest school district.   Read More

NY: Bloomberg presses Cuomo on teacher seniority rule

By Michael Barbaro and Nicholes Confessore, The New York Times

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg set up his first major confrontation with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday, publicly demanding that he use his coming state budget to reverse a rule that protects long-serving teachers from layoffs, regardless of merit.   Read More

NY: Potential funding cuts concern University of Rochester researchers

By Patti Singer, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester)

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are looking for ways that stem cells may one day treat neurological disorders, cancer and lung disease, and help to repair bone. They’re peering with one eye in the microscope as, like everyone else with a stake in state funding, they’re keeping the other on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is scheduled to release his proposed budget Tuesday.   Read More

NY: Will budget cuts put early learning at risk?

By Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany)

Early learning is increasingly viewed as the key to academic success in later life, particularly for economically disadvantaged students up to age 6 who frequently begin school behind their peers.   Read More

NY: Students cut class in protest

By Stephanie Lee, Times Union (Albany)

More than 150 University of Albany students marched out of class Thursday to protest funding cuts they say are eroding their education, days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver a budget proposal that is expected to slash state spending even deeper.   Read More

OH: Student fees that go to sports get scrutiny

By Kevin Helliker, The Wall Street Journal

A majority of Ohio University students believe too large a portion of their general fees is subsidizing the school’s athletic teams, according to a new survey.   Read More

OH: UD students leading fight against human trafficking

By Mary McCarty, Dayton Daily News

Last year, Alisa Bartel jokingly became known as “the downer at the dinner table.” She regaled her University of Dayton roommates with the facts she was learning about human trafficking — both in the classroom and in her new role as an activist.   Read More

OH: More college grads signing up for military

By Jeb Phillips, The Columbus Dispatch

More than two years out of college, Ben Harris finds himself working in a chicken-finger place and living with his parents in Hilliard.   Read More

OH: Ohio University students not fans of fees going for sports

By Jim Phillips, The Columbus Dispatch

ATHENS, Ohio — A new survey suggests that many Ohio University students would like to see less of their student fees going to support varsity sports.   Read More

OH: Level of school-funding cuts likely to vary among districts

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio schools have been warned to brace for state funding cuts of 10 to 20 percent, but some key lawmakers say it’s unlikely that every district will face the same level of reductions.   Read More

OH: Ohio schools get $400M from feds

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio got its $400 million in federal Race to the Top money yesterday after federal regulators approved the state’s plan for spending the money.   Read More

OH: Interim school facilities chief named

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch

The Ohio School Facilities Commission today tapped the agency’s chief fiscal officer to serve as interim executive director until a permanent replacement is found.   Read More

OK: Oklahoma Education Board meeting turns contentious

By Megan Rolland, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

What began as a typical first meeting between the newly elected state schools superintendent and the Board of Education quickly degenerated into shouting accusations, political banter and the unsavory mockery of a pregnant employee who left the room in tears.   Read More

PA: Penn State eyes $10 million in program cuts

By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State University officials are recommending consolidation and closure of some programs in an effort to find $10 million in permanent savings to offset declining state aid and expected loss of federal stimulus dollars.   Read More

SC: Contracting SC bus operations could be costly

By The Associated Press, The Augusta Chronicle

For months on the campaign trail, Nikki Haley touted privatizing South Carolina’s school bus fleet as one possibility for saving money.   Read More

SD: Governor — Support for K-12 is up

By Dennis Daugaard Rapid City Journal, Rapid City Journal

The Rapid City Journal Editorial Board recently met with Gov. Dennis Daugaard to discuss his plan to cut state spending by 10 percent. Below are excerpts about the impact that would have on education.   Read More

SD: Bill would soften K-12 cuts

By Josh Verges, Argus Leader (Sioux Falls)

Legislation filed Thursday would delete $26 million in property tax relief associated with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed 10 percent cut to K-12 education.   Read More

TN: Local governments in Tennessee may consider raising taxes to cover growth

By Michael Cass, The Tennessean (Nashville)

People aren’t building houses in Williamson County like they used to. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the schools.   Read More

TN: House, Senate committees to review school-merger bills this week

By Richard Locker, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

The state House is joining the Senate in scheduling expedited committee review this week of legislation that could delay or halt the transfer of Memphis City Schools to the Shelby County Board of Education.   Read More

TN: Speaker Ramsey slams teachers union

By Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that the state’s largest teachers union made a “failed attempt of everything they could” to keep both him and Rep. Beth Harwell from being elected speaker. But Ramsey, R-Blountville, said that has nothing to do with a raft of legislation from Republicans that seeks to ban collective bargaining by teachers unions, remove Tennessee Education Association representatives from state boards and end government payroll deductions for the group’s dues.   Read More

US: Drive for education reform has teachers unions on the defensive

By Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor

Even supporters of teachers unions have been critical of them in recent months, forcing unions to collaborate with school districts on education reform as never before.   Read More

UT: Utah educators feeling tense vibe from lawmakers

By Molly Farmer, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

Some legislators and educators have commented that there’s a different feeling on Capitol Hill this session.   Read More

VA: McDonnell remarks on access to higher education assessed

By Jacob Geiger, PolitiFact, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell wrongly said there is room in state colleges and universities for only 38 percent of Virginians seeking higher education.   Read More

VT: Addison Northeast teachers set Feb. 9 strike deadline

By Staff, Burlington Free Press

Teachers at six schools in Addison County voted Thursday to strike Feb. 9 unless school board members return to the negotiating table.   Read More

WA: State educators skeptical of report on learning

By Olivia Bobrowsky, The Seattle Times

Some members of Washington’s higher-education community are skeptical — and at times dismissive — of a new report that claims students don’t learn enough in college.   Read More

WA: Bill would stress ability over seniority in teacher layoffs

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, The Associated Press, The Olympian

The sponsor of a bill that would make teacher effectiveness the main determining factor during layoffs says that the proposal is worth billions of dollars in school improvement.   Read More

WA: Legislature must keep bar high on science education

By Staff, The Seattle Times

Washington’s students aren’t at the bottom in science education but neither are schools preparing them for an economy ever more reliant on science, innovation and technology.   Read More

WA: Bill would eliminate schools chief as elected job

By The Associated Press,

SEATTLE — State Sen. Rodney Tom has proposed a constitutional amendment that would take the superintendent of public instruction off the ballot and make the job an appointed position.   Read More

WY: This week in the Legislature- Health, education bills

By Ben Neary, The Associated Press, Casper Star-Tribune

Polarizing issues such as teacher tenure, repudiation of same-sex marriage and the best way to condemn the federal health care reform law are likely to spark debate in both houses of the Wyoming Legislature this week.   Read More

WY: House bill would ditch PAWS writing

By Staff, Billings Gazette

A state House committee has endorsed a proposal to drop the writing portion of the statewide student assessment.   Read More

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