AM News: State Finance Lawsuits Stir Up K-12 Funding Landscape
State Finance Lawsuits Roil K-12 Funding Landscape EdWeek: As state budgets slowly recover from several years of economic contraction and stagnation, significant court battles continue to play a related yet distinct role in K-12 policy, even in states where the highest courts have already delivered rulings on the subject.
The GOP And Taxes: In The States, It Can Get Complicated NPR: Now, state revenues have crept back to pre-recession levels in Indiana and 24 other states,the National Conference of State Legislatures reports. The debate is over how much money to restore — and to what programs. Pence's budget would increase K-12 funding by $137 million over the next two years, boosting funding for Indiana's new full-day kindergarten program.
Top K12 Senator Tom Harkin to Retire PoliticsK12: Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who sits at the top of the Senate panels that deal with both K-12 spending and policy, isn't planning to seek re-election in 2014. This is a very big deal: Harkin is arguably the most powerful lawmaker in Congress when it comes to education.
Schools Background Check Visitors In Illinois For Criminal Record HuffPostEdu: Visitors to schools in a suburban Chicago, Ill., district are now required to undergo a background check as part of added security measures in the weeks following last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
In Surprise, Educator Tied to Cheating Rejects Deal NYT: MEMPHIS — In an 11th-hour reversal, an educator accused of running a large test-cheating ring in three Southern states rejected a plea deal on Friday and elected to go to trial. Clarence Mumford Sr., who is accused of soliciting teachers to take certification exams for others, said the proposed 9- to 11-year sentence was “too severe for what I am charged with.”
Some Say Common Core Standards for Kindergartners Have Gone Too Far NYPost: Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.
Admissions Deadline Confusion: Sandy Delays High School Decisions WSJ: Applying to high school in New York has become even more fraught in recent years, with increasingly competitive—and costly—private schools, a rise in test preparation for specialized public schools and a proliferation of options that can seem daunting to navigate.