Education Secretary Duncan visits high-achieving St. Paul school

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting a high-achieving St. Paul school and hosting a round-table discussion about the overhaul of the nation’s most

AK: Parnell plans big cuts to Legislature’s capital budget

By Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News

Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday that it is his intent to pare the state capital budget down to $2.8 billion — meaning he’d have to trim nearly a whopping $400 million.

AL: Governor outlines new process for Auburn trustees

By The Associated Press, Montgomery Advertiser

The Auburn trustee selection committee has reopened the process and is taking applications from people who want to serve in any of the nine trustee positions that are available.

AZ: Arizona eligible for a piece of education grant

By The Associated Press, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix)

Arizona is one of nine states eligible for a slice of $200 million in U.S. Department of Education grant money.

CA: State may try again for Race to the Top funds

By Corey G. Johnson, California Watch

The governor’s office and the California Department of Education are pondering whether to participate in a new version of the federal “Race to the Top” competition.

CA: Adult education hard-hit by changes in school spending rules, study finds

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Adult education programs were hard-hit by changes in spending rules for school districts struggling to keep basic operations going during California’s budget crisis, according to a new study released Thursday.

CA: Greater flexibility in spending hurts low-achieving students

By Louis Freedberg, California Watch

A $4.5 billion experiment intended to give schools greater flexibility over state education dollars has resulted in cutbacks in some programs targeting students who need the most academic help.

CO: Another shot at Race to the Top

By Staff, The Denver Post

News that Colorado will get yet another shot at winning federal education money from the Race to the Top grant program is an opportunity the state cannot afford to bungle.

CO: Campaign to raise taxes for education uses online strategy to collect signatures

By Tim Hoover, The Denver Post

Supporters of an initiative that would ask voters in November to raise taxes for education are using an online, grassroots strategy to gather signatures that could revolutionize the petition process.

CO: Colorado lands $6 million to fund school turnaround programs

By Yesenia Robles, The Denver Post

The U.S. Department of Education today said Colorado has been awarded $6 million for school turnaround work.

CT: Malloy details science idea

By Stephanie Reitz, the Associated Press, Waterbury Republican-American

A proposal to overhaul the University of Connecticut Health Center into a bioscience research hub received a mixed reaction Thursday from lawmakers, some of whom praised its job-creation potential while others criticized its $864 million price tag.

FL: New FAU medical school addresses Florida’s doctor shortage

By Sonja Isger, Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald

When Florida Atlantic University’s new medical school opens this fall with an inaugural class of 64 students, it promises to be lighter on the lecture hall and quicker to connect students with doctors and patients in the real world.

FL: State to close controversial boys’ school rocked by scandals in Marianna

By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg Times, The Miami Herald

The state-run school for boys in Marianna, which has eluded closure for more than a century despite chronic scandal, is closing June 30 after 111 years of operation.

FL: Third-grade FCAT results hard to compare

By Kathleen McGrory, The Miami Herald

While scores on the third-grade FCAT held steady this year in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, state education officials cautioned Thursday against reading too much into them.

GA: Georgia AG enters charter schools case

By Dave Williams, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens asked the state Supreme Court Thursday to reconsider its decision overturning a law allowing the state to create charter schools without the approval of local school boards.

HI: DOE to tighten tenure rules

By Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

School administrators statewide are getting a refresher course on Hawaii’s teacher tenure policies and one of the key messages is: It is not impossible to fire a poorly performing tenured teacher.

HI: NASA picks Hawaii to prep moon base

By B.J. Reyes, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech committing the country to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth, the state and NASA announced a new partnership aimed at involving Hawaii in the next phase of the agency’s manned and unmanned exploration of the moon and deep space.

ID: Idaho’s system of choosing school trustees isn’t working

By Staff, The Times-News (Twin Falls)

Amid great fanfare, the last Legislature consolidated Idaho elections and limited voting to four dates each year. The current Legislature needs to make a few more election reforms.

ID: Opponents say education overhaul repeal will go to voters in 2011

By The Associated Press, The Times-News (Twin Falls)

Organizers of a bid to dump the education and teachers union overhaul that passed the 2011 Idaho Legislature say they’ve gathered enough signatures to put all three repeal measures on the November 2012 ballot.

ID: Idaho school petitions pass mark

By Chelsea Bannach, Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

More than 47,000 Idaho residents, the required number, have signed each of three petitions to put education reform laws recently passed by the Idaho Legislature to referendum votes next year, according to Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform.

ID: Superintendent Luna announces Students Come First technology task force

By Staff, Idaho State Journal (Pocatello)

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced today the 38-member Students Come First Technology Task Force that will help implement the unprecedented investments in classroom technology that are part of Idaho’s education reform laws.

ID: Idaho education agency paid $860 for third panic button

By The Associated Press, The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

Records show the Idaho Department of Education paid more than $800 in March to have a third panic button installed at the agency’s office in Boise.

IL: College financing for illegal immigrant students goes to Quinn

By Kiera Manion-Fischer, Quad-City Times

The Illinois House approved a proposal Monday designed to help undocumented students finance college.

IN: Controversial fee continues to fund programs

By Eric Weddle, Journal and Courier (Lafayette)

Two years ago Purdue University officials pressed their luck with state lawmakers by not only raising tuition by 5 percent, but also adding a $500 fee to students’ bills.

LA: Community college tuition increase sailing through the Louisiana Legislature

By Staff, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

A plan to raise tuition at most community and technical colleges is moving swiftly through the Louisiana Legislature with a push from Gov. Bobby Jindal.

LA: Close but few cutbacks

By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

More than halfway through the legislative session, higher education funding has survived without significant budget cuts this year, college officials said.

LA: Senators reject repeal of 2008 Science Education Act

By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday spiked an effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act that critics assail as a back door to allow intelligent design and the biblical creation story to enter the science curriculum. The 5-1 vote buries Senate Bill 70 by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.

MA: Hearings set today on education bills

By The Associated Press, The Boston Globe

A slew of education bills will be aired at a public hearing today before the Joint Committee on Education at the State House.

MA: A student’s lunar breakthrough

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Boston Globe

It’s long been accepted that the moon is dry. No oceans wash its Swiss cheese surface, and lunar rocks and soil samples collected by Apollo astronauts 40 years ago bolstered the case the moon was an arid place.

MD: Rise in single fathers defies historic trend

By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Sun (Baltimore)

There are now about 47,200 single-father households in the state, an increase of nearly 6,000 over 2000, or 14 percent. The number of families led by single mothers increased by about 5,000 over the past 10 years, or 3.2 percent.

MD: OSI, ACLU criticize state school board over suspensions

By Liz Bowie, The Sun (Baltimore)

Two advocacy groups are criticizing the state school board for failing to act more quickly to address high suspension rates and inequities in the way students are disciplined from one district to another.

MD: Johns Hopkins receives $10 million to open patient safety institute

By Meredith Cohn, The Sun (Baltimore)

Johns Hopkins plans to use a $10 million gift to launch an institute for patient safety, aiming to reduce medical mistakes that have long troubled health care facilities around the nation.

ME: The charter school solution: The best — or worst — idea ever?

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal, Bangor Daily News

Roger Brainerd was a public school teacher when he came to a simple, inescapable conclusion: Maine needs charter schools.

ME: Maine lawmakers loosen teen work rules

By Mal Leary, Bangor Daily News

Gov. Paul LePage is expected to sign into law legislation allowing 16- and 17-year-olds in Maine to work longer hours during the school year, his office confirmed Thursday. But the legislation provoked lengthy debate before being enacted earlier this week, with some lawmakers arguing students need to be students first.

MI: Michigan budget approved in modern record time

By Peter Luke,

A 2012 budget that cuts state aid to K-12 schools, universities and municipalities was approved in modern record time this afternoon, four months ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline of the next fiscal year.

MN: Tax reform defined Huntsman’s governorship

By Josh Loftin, The Daily Herald (Provo)

Conservatives who dominate the Republican presidential nomination contests will applaud parts of Jon Huntsman’s five-year record as Utah governor: a statewide flat tax, business incentives and private school vouchers.

MO: Foundation gives $410K to UMKC School of Education

By The Associated Press, Jefferson City News Tribune

A foundation focused on grounding teachers in economics is giving $410,000 to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

NH: Constitutional amendment effort stalls

By Tom Fahey, The Union Leader (Manchester)

Don’t count on seeing a constitutional amendment on education funding anytime soon.

NJ: N.J. Senate Republicans discuss strategy following state Supreme Court education funding decision

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

New Jersey Senate Republicans have been asked to consider taking a unified position on public education that includes removing the Supreme Court from school funding decisions and granting the Legislature the power to determine what it means to provide a “thorough and efficient” education in public schools.

NJ: After Irvington suspected neglect case, legislator reconsiders home-schooling laws

By Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

When Collingswood police found four brothers literally starving in their own home eight years ago, then-Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg proposed a law requiring other home-schooled children to get an annual physical and pass standardized tests.

NJ: Budget gaps, $500M tab among looming obstacles for N.J. lawmakers after Supreme Court ruling

By Staff, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

With six weeks left to crank out a budget and a $500 million bill from the state Supreme Court for the state’s poor school districts, lawmakers are setting out on a possible collision course over state spending.

NJ: Schools case decided, but plenty left unanswered

By Bob Braun, The Star-Ledger (Newark)

New Jersey school finance cases are never simple, but the latest round of standoffs among the three branches of government seems especially confounding.

NV: Teachers union wants more than extending taxes set to expire

By David McGrath Schwartz, Las Vegas Sun

The state’s teachers union isn’t satisfied with walking out of the Legislature with just extending taxes — $712 million — set to expire next month.

NY: Regent says NY should take over Buffalo schools

By The Associated Press, Times Union (Albany)

A member of New York’s Board of Regents says Buffalo’s public schools are in such a state of crisis they should be taken over by the state.

NY: Proposed law — Blast a school budget, attach your name

By Scott Waldman, Times Union (Albany)

Under a new proposed state law, those who try to influence a school budget vote will have to attach their name to their efforts. Current state law does not require disclosure for those trying to sway voters on school budgets.

OH: Ohio bill calls for shorter school year

By Jessica Brown, The Cincinnati Enquirer

If some Ohio lawmakers have their way, public school students may soon have a longer summer break and a shorter school year.

OH: Quality of teacher training programs at Ohio’s colleges to be rated

By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Parents, school superintendents and potential teachers will soon be able to determine the quality of teacher education programs in Ohio’s public and private colleges.

PA: There’s no magic bullet to improve education

By Steven A. Peterson, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg)

With a new gubernatorial administration in place, a proposed state budget that takes a hard line on funding for education and state lawmakers again considering school voucher legislation, education reform has generated much debate throughout the commonwealth.

PA: FreedomWorks pressures Pennsylvania lawmakers for action on school vouchers

By Jeff Frantz, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg)

Over the next month, lawmakers will grind their way toward a final state budget. But a number of activists, led by the national conservative organization FreedomWorks, want school choice legislation to share center stage. They’re not afraid to use a little muscle to make sure it happens, and some Republicans are feeling the squeeze.

PA: Spending per pupil reached $12,512 in ’08

By Jodi Weigand, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The amount of money Pennsylvania school districts spent per student — $12,512 — was 11th-highest in the nation in 2008-09, according to recently released Census data.

PA: Pa. preschool programs could gain big

By Amy Crawford, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Another $700 million dollars will be awarded to states as part of the Race to the Top education reform program, federal officials announced this week.

RI: Bill would let undocumented students attend R.I. colleges at in-state rate

By Karen Lee Ziner, The Providence Journal

Students, policymakers, immigrant advocates, educators, civil libertarians and others testified Thursday in favor of a bill to grant undocumented students the right to attend Rhode Island colleges at in-state tuition rates. Only two people spoke against it.

RI: Brown researchers help detect water below moon’s surface

By Thomas J. Morgan, The Providence Journal

Lunar researchers, including two Brown University scientists and even a Brown undergraduate student, announced Thursday that they have struck water on the moon — lots of it.

TN: Governor challenges teacher morale claims

By Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Gov. Bill Haslam disputes assertions by the Tennessee Education Association’s president that teachers feel “totally demoralized and disrespected” because of new legislation such as the bill that eliminates educators’ collective bargaining powers.

TX: Democrats reject education board nominee

By Gary Scharrer, The Houston Chronicle

In a pointed message to Gov. Rick Perry, Senate Democrats again have rejected the governor’s choice to lead the State Board of Education, in large part because of the board’s approval of controversial curriculum standards that are beingchallenged as discriminatory and historically inaccurate.

UT: Utah last in education funding

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

Utah again ranks last in the nation for per-student spending according to U.S. census data from 2009 released this week.

VA: Henrico resolute on fixing school disparities

By Luz Lazo, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Complaint after complaint, eastern Henrico County parents made their case to federal officials that the public school district unequally distributes its resources between eastern and western schools.

WI: Walker’s plan to split off UW-Madison is dead

By Todd Finkelmeyer, The Capital Times (Madison)

Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to award the University of Wisconsin-Madison public authority status is dead, Republican officials confirmed Thursday.

WI: Law is all that matters on records request

By Editorial Board, The Post-Crescent (Appleton)

Some school districts in Wisconsin — and at least one judge — are facing a choice. They have to decide whether to release the names of teachers who took a sick day while massive protests over collective bargaining were happening in Madison.

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