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Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A strike last week by some 29,000 teachers in Chicago pushed long-simmering tensions over deeply divisive school improvement ideas--including changes in teacher evaluation and the takeover or closure of underperforming schools--into the national spotlight. A framework for a tentative agreement emerged last Friday, and the union's house of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Unions, Educational Change
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
California is poised to become the first state to unmask the extent to which English-language learners (ELLs) languish in public schools for years without ever reaching fluency. Under a measure that received broad, bipartisan support from the legislature, the state education department would be required to break out and report data annually on…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, English Language Learners
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on the issue of bullying that rose on state legislative agendas this year, with 21 states passing anti-bullying laws--some of which expanded schools' responsibilities to keep a check on any harassment that goes on among students. States set out to write clear definitions of bullying and to regulate school policies and…
Descriptors: Bullying, State Legislation, Politics of Education, Laws
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
Not long after he took office in January, California Governor Jerry Brown presented residents of his state with a simple, stark plan for correcting the state's massive budget imbalance. The Democrat called for making deep and painful cuts to programs across government, while sparing schools. To raise revenue, he proposed allowing the public to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Tax Effort, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
The frenetic legislative season now finished or wrapping up in many states has brought big changes to education policy, some forged through bipartisan compromise, others only after hyperpartisan battles. From teacher issues to vouchers, the 2011 state legislative season saw widespread action on education. Republican leaders who swept into office…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Academic Standards, State Legislation, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
State-level battles over changes in education policy have shifted in many places from legislative chambers to courthouses, as unions and other critics of new laws challenge them on the grounds that they violate state constitutions and worker contracts. Republican governors and lawmakers--their ranks bolstered by the 2010 elections--won passage…
Descriptors: Unions, Educational Policy, Court Litigation, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
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. Many of those efforts are being driven by newly elected Republicans, who have…
Descriptors: Unions, State Officials, Legislators, Politics of Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
At a time when many states are adopting controversial measures to launch or expand private school vouchers, Republicans in Michigan are taking a different direction, moving ahead with a plan that would greatly expand the menu of public school choices for students and parents. GOP lawmakers, who control both state legislative chambers, have…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools, Electronic Learning
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2006
Mr. Barr, a Democratic political organizer who turned charter school mogul, has waged a contentious, two-year campaign to persuade leaders in the nation's second-largest school system to let him run one or more troubled high schools. Mr. Barr, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, set to assume some control of the district on Jan. 1, 2007, where he may…
Descriptors: High Schools, State Legislation, Charter Schools, Activism
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2006
In this article, the author talks about the Shays-Farrell race as one of three closely watched contests in Connecticut that could help determine control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections November 7. U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican, and Diane Farrell, a Democratic, are the candidates for the state's 4th…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Elections, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
A bill that has been sent to the floor of the California Senate would require textbooks used in public schools to include information on the roles and contributions of gay people throughout history, a move that could affect the content of instructional materials throughout much of the country. The measure would help build tolerance of diverse…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Textbook Content, Homosexuality, Public Schools
Sack, Joetta L. – Education Week, 2005
In this article, the author discusses that Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is pledging to sign a bill that puts Utah education policy ahead of the No Child Left Behind Act. State education officials now hope to make the case to the U.S. Department of Education that Utah should not be penalized for failing to comply with the federal law. The…
Descriptors: School District Autonomy, Politics of Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Finance
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2005
The forces seeking to subject the theory of evolution to greater criticism tasted both victory and defeat. Kansas officials approved an overhaul of their state science standards to do just that, while voters in a rural Pennsylvania district ousted advocates of "intelligent design" from the school board. Those two high-profile battles…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Evolution, State Legislation, State Standards