Virginia launches PR campaign to tout education reforms
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new public information campaign aimed at explaining recent changes in public education policy.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's higher education policy leaders are setting an ambitious goal for the state, striving for six in 10 working-age adults to hold a college degree or other...
West Virginia higher ed panel to pick new interim leader
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is planning to pick a new interim leader by late next month due to the current interim chancellor's plans to...
California governor names new leaders on water, education
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom named new leaders Tuesday to top posts in water, transportation and education policy, his latest moves to set the state government on a fresh path during his first months in office.
College policy oversight agency chairman counters criticisms
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's board chairman is defending the agency against criticisms from West Virginia University President Gordon Gee.
California schools race sets record for most expensive
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive.
Editorials from around Oregon
The Oregonian/OregonLive, Sept. 26, on lagging test scores and public education policy:
Two recent developments encapsulate the lethargic state of leadership in Oregon education these days.
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A co-chair on a state education panel has accused the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission of being an agency of regulations rather than oversight.
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education, cited the commission's proposed funding model.
SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.
In classrooms across New Mexico, students from grades three through 11 are taking the standardized test known as PARCC this month.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission board has named the members of a search committee to find a successor to the current chancellor of the 4-year college oversight agency.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission says he plans to retire after his successor is hired.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Paul Hill has been serving as chancellor of the commission, which oversees four-year colleges, since 2012. Hill says he actually decided to retire in 2015, when he asked that his contract be extended only through June 30 of this year.
Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step to strike anti-gay language from the state's sex education law that says students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal.
Perhaps we missed it, but in all the coverage of the Connecticut Supreme Court's controversial ruling Wednesday that the state is meeting state constitutional requirements when it comes to public education, we did not find the constitutional language quoted.
So here it is: "There shall always be free public elementary and secondary schools in the state. The General Assembly shall implement this principle by appropriate legislation.”
Greenwich BOE moving toward statewide policy system
GREENWICH — The Board of Education approved the hiring of a facilitator this week to assist with its transition to the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education policy system.
“I think it is money well spent,” said Barbara O’Neill, chair of the school board’s Policy Governance Committee. “It is something we have talked about for years.”
The Detroit News' recent editorial, "Too many teachers skipping class, Nov. 10" cites a recent report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that includes unsubstantiated attacks on public school teachers and sick leave policies included in collective bargaining agreements. Holding up such a report without acknowledging the limitations of the report distracts from real education policy solutions and vastly underestimates the challenges facing contemporary school districts.
Student learning tops the list of strategic policy priorities Indiana's top educator outlined Tuesday for 2018.
That : along with other objectives : didn't surprise Josh Wenning, executive director of the Region 8 Education Service Center. With offices in Fort Wayne, the cooperative supports public, private and parochial schools in 15 northeast counties.
"I would be disappointed if any educational institution didn't have that listed as their primary goal," he said.
Hicks column: South Carolina education policy involves grabbing a shovel
All you need to understand South Carolina education policy is a 10-second clip of Ted Knight in "Caddyshack."
In one scene from that classic film, poor caddy Danny Noonan tells Judge Smails — played by Knight — that, “It looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college.”
Without missing a beat, the judge says, “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”
Former South Carolina education chief Mick Zais poised for chance to push conservative policy at national level
COLUMBIA — Throughout his four-year tenure as South Carolina's education superintendent, Mick Zais faced constant hurdles as he tried to implement his conservative vision for education policy.
The former Newberry College president regularly feuded with teacher groups and members of the state Board of Education. He spent extensive time grappling with federal bureaucracy. Supporters and critics alike say Zais was never able to fulfill some of his biggest ambitions for the job.
NY approves education plan to submit for federal approval
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's education policy-making body has approved the plan it will submit to the U.S. Department of Education to comply with the new federal education law.
The Board of Regents voted on New York's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan Monday in advance of a Sept. 18 deadline. The federal department will provide feedback, with approval expected early next year.
U.’s Education Policy Center to survey state’s teachers on why they stay, why they leave
With federal education changes set to go into effect in a year, Minnesota is doing its part to prepare.
Southeast Minnesota educators gathered at John Marshall High School Wednesday night to get a preview of changes coming to Minnesota's education policy, due to a 2015 federal education overhaul. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius made the trip to Rochester as part of a statewide tour to get feedback on a state draft plan that was released Aug. 1.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas middle school students didn't perform as well on state standardized tests this year as they did in 2016, concerning some education policy experts.
The percentage of students who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness this spring was lower in all subjects except for math when compared with last year's results, the Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/2tE5837 ) reported.
SAN DIEGO — The Education Commission of the States presented the state Department of Education with the 2017 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation during its National Forum on Education Policy in San Diego.
The award recognizes a state for education improvements, bold and courageous policies and programs that have bipartisan, broad-based support, according to a press release.
ECS cited HIDOE’s focus on various things, particularly students’ college and career readiness.
Chicago is this nation’s third largest city, and among its most segregated. Recently, several unrelated reports were released about education policy in Chicago that, together, provide a vivid picture of the divergent views policymakers of have of public education; depending on who is served.
As reported by researchers at Roosevelt University, between 2009-2015, Chicago permanently closed 125 neighborhood schools, ostensibly because of low enrollment or poor performance.
Wisconsin plan seeks to cut achievement gap in half
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin plans to cut its worst-in-the-nation student achievement gap in half within six years — a goal that would require a dramatic upsurge in test scores by non-white students.
Alabama lawmakers vote to remove anti-gay sex ed policy
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers could remove language that disparages homosexuality from state sexual education policy.
The House Education Policy Committee passed a motion Wednesday that would strike a passage from current Alabama education codes that says being gay is a "criminal offense under the laws of this state."
The codes also say that homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle in Alabama. Legislators said such language could open the state to lawsuits.
West Virginia increases autonomy of universities
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has signed a law revamping state oversight of West Virginia's colleges and universities, giving some schools more autonomy from West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission.
Institutions exempted from certain regulatory requirements are West Virginia University, including West Virginia University Potomac State College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Wisconsin prepares education plan under lawsuit threat
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin education department is about to release a far-reaching school performance plan under increasing scrutiny from the Republican-controlled Legislature and threat of a lawsuit over how the plan is being created.
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Spokane Public Schools board of directors appoint Michael Wiser to vacant seat
A father of two with health care and management experience is the newest member of the Spokane School Board.
The Spokane Public Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Michael Wiser to a vacant seat.
Wiser is the vice president of Strategic Planning for CHAS Health and has an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
“ Running for school board has been one of those things I’ve thrown around for the last decade or two,” he said.
GREENWICH — Board of Education member Jennifer Dayton traveled to the Capitol Wednesday to discuss education policy and funding with key legislators in Hartford.
As part of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education “Day on the Hill,” Dayton and representatives from 61 other districts met with state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District), state Rep. Andy Fleischmann (D-18th District), state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District) and state Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-14th District).
Panel backs bill for appointing Indiana’s state school chief
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana state schools superintendent would no longer be an elected position under a change being considered by lawmakers.
Supporters say education policy would be better coordinated if the governor could appoint someone to the position. Currently, the superintendent is chosen by voters in the general election.
The Senate Elections Committee voted 6-3 Monday to endorse Republican Sen. James Buck's bill, sending it to the full Senate.
West Virginia commission: Business college can’t use grant
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has barred students at the West Virginia Business College from using money from a grant program for low-income students to pay for future classes.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/2kvExik ) reports the commission approved a resolution Friday involving the private college, which has campuses in Wheeling and Nutter Fort.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act and solicit feedback from education stakeholders and the community during a event scheduled for next week.
Republican lawmakers differ on state superintendent race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers who head committees charged with overseeing education policy in Wisconsin disagree on who should be the next state superintendent.
Two challengers to Superintendent Tony Evers have garnered support from conservatives as they try to unseat Evers, who is backed by Democrats and teacher unions. The race is officially nonpartisan, but support in Evers' past two runs has largely broken down along party lines.
DeVos likely to push school choice as education secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration.
Betsy DeVos, Trump's choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice programs, which give students and parents an alternative to traditional public school education. Her confirmation hearing was scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Here is a look at the main players, concepts and controversies surrounding school choice.
Former Florida Gov. Bush unlikely to run for office again
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose bid for the presidency was derailed by businessman and eventual winner Donald Trump, says it's unlikely he'll ever run for office again.
Bush, who is spending two weeks at a Texas A&M University teaching a course on the role of governors, said Thursday that he's focused on building up his business again and working with the foundation he created to push for changes in education policy.
Opioid use to be discussed at New York Regents meeting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A discussion of opioid abuse is on the agenda for the next monthly meeting of New York's education policy-makers.
The Board of Regents will hear Monday from a panel of presenters that includes experts, a college student and the Rochester City School District's student health services coordinator. Organizers say they'll cover topics like prevention, intervention and recovery.
Nebraska legislative committee picks criticized as partisan
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers approved new committee assignments Friday that could make it easier for conservatives to advance major tax-cutting legislation but could also create divisions over education policy.
The vote came as some senators argued that the Legislature is becoming overtly partisan after shunning formal party labels for 80 years.
McALLEN — The Texas Education Agency released the results of a public survey intended to help shape what states’ education policy will look like under Every Student Succeeds Act.
President Barack Obama signed the ESSA in 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind and giving back decision making power over K-12 public education to the states. Each state is required to come up with a strategic vision and plan of action and the survey was the first step to develop this vision.
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McALLEN— The Texas Education Agency released the results of a public survey intended to help shape what states’ education policy will look like under Every Student Succeeds Act.
Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to reduce test-taking in America's classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must take each year.
It's part of the bipartisan education law, signed by President Barack Obama a year ago, that returned substantial control over education policy back to the states, including the role test scores play in evaluating schools, teachers and students.
Legislature could put UW on State Board of Education
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming would have a non-voting position on the board that establishes public education policy in the state, under a legislative proposal.
Report: Uptick in freshmen at 4-year West Virginia colleges
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission reports that more students are entering four-year colleges in West Virginia this year with almost 4 percent more freshmen than last year while overall enrollment remains steady.
According to the commission, the college retention rate, meaning students returning for their second enrolled year, is nearly 71 percent, the highest level in five years.
Sununu appointments to shape judicial, education policy
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Chris Sununu will have a chance to shape New Hampshire's judicial, education, criminal justice and environmental policy.
Connecticut officials seek dismissal of school choice suit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs.
The state attorney general's office filed a motion in federal court in Hartford saying the lawsuit is not allowed under a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars federal courts from interfering with states' sovereign right to determine public education policy.