Education

Education - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The 5 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the U.S. Department of Education was within its rights to withhold $33.3 million in grant funding from TEXAS after the Lone Star State in 2012 reduced state spending...

Education - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

Federal Court Rejects Appeal A federal court rejects an appeal by for-profit colleges to halt implementation of Obama administration rules that make it easier for defrauded students to get their federal loans forgiven and prohibit colleges from forcing...

Education - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

NJ Department of Education Issues New Guidelines The NEW JERSEY Department of Education issues new guidance requiring Garden State schools to accept a student’s stated gender identity and to honor that student’s request to not notify their...

Education - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes SB 320 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 320 , a bill that would have required public university student health centers to provide abortion medication by no later than Jan. 1, 2022 (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). ...

Education - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 1406 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 1406 , which extends for three years a pilot program that allows some community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in a handful of technical fields (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S...

Education - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.S department of education implements regulation to protect students A federal court rules that the U.S. Department of Education wrongly delayed implementation of regulations meant to protect students who take out loans to attend college from predatory...

Education - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

IL Governor Signs SB 2428 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 2428 , which bars Prairie State schools from punishing or publicly humiliating children who cannot pay for a school lunch. The measure further requires schools to provide a lunch to...

Education - August 20 208 | 08-17-2018

NY Governor Signs AB 5200 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 5200 , anti-hazing legislation that bars certain physical contact or physical activity in any organization’s initiation ceremony when such activity creates a substantial risk of...

Education - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

OH Governor Signs SB 216 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs SB 216 , which makes dozens of changes to the Buckeye State education system, including how teachers are evaluated, allowing third-graders to take tests on paper, softening the law on excessive...

Education - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

HI Governor Signs HB 1489 HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) signs HB 1489 , which bars discrimination against LGBTQ students in Aloha State schools (METRO WEEKLY [WASHINGTON DC]).

Education - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

HI Governor signs HB 2507 HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) signs HB 2507 , which removes pre-schools from the superintendent’s scope of authority and clarifies that the director of the Executive Office on Early learning may authorize preschool personnel...

Education - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

Federal Court Rules In MI A federal court rules that children in MICHIGAN do not have a fundamental right to being taught to read and write. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III came in a suit against Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and a number...

Education - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

MI Senate Approves Seven-Bill Package The MICHIGAN Senate approves a seven-bill package that would, among several things, require all school districts to develop an emergency operations plan and consult with law enforcement before the construction...

Education - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

IL Senate Approves HB 4870 The ILLINOIS Senate approves HB 4870 , legislation that would allow sick students who qualify for medical marijuana to consume it on school premises, as long as they don’t smoke it and school officials agree that it...

Education - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MD Governor Signs HB 251 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs HB 251 , which requires local school systems to offer age-appropriate instruction on the meaning of consent in sex education curriculum for middle-school and high-school students (LEXISNEXIS...

Education - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

Going On In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court rules that professors and staff at Bay State colleges can be sued for failing to act after learning a student was considering suicide. The decision came in a suit over the death of a Massachusetts...

Education - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

IL House Approves HB 4870 The ILLINOIS House approves HB 4870 , a bill that allows infused medical marijuana to be administered to students by parents in Prairie State elementary and secondary schools. It moves to the Senate (ABC7CHICAGO). IA Governor...

Education - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

LA House Endorses HB 78 The LOUISIANA House unanimously endorses HB 78 , which would ban hazing at Pelican State schools and universities. Individual violators would face felony charges, while schools, fraternities and other organizations could be...

Education - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

WA Governor Signs SB 5064 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5064 , which bars school administrators from censoring the work of student journalists. The measure goes into effect in June (SEATTLE TIMES). IDAHO Gov. Butch Otter (R) signs HB...

Education - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

FL Governor Signs HB 7055 FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott signs HB 7055 , which will create a new voucher to pay for private school tuition for Sunshine State students who are bullied. The bill also creates a scholarship to pay for tutors for kids who fail...

Education - March 12 2018 | 03-08-2018

HI Senate Approves SB 2384 The HAWAII Senate approves SB 2384 , which would require the department of education to develop a comprehensive plan to integrate design thinking and coding in middle, intermediate, and high school curriculums and submit...

Education - March 5 2018 | 03-02-2018

VA Senate Approves HB 1600 The VIRGINIA Senate approves HB 1600 , which would, with some exceptions, limit the length of a long-term suspension at 45 school days. It is back in the House (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH). VA Senate Approves HB 1419 The...

Education - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

NY Assembly Endorses AB 9605 The NEW YORK Assembly endorses AB 9605 , legislation that allows unauthorized immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Empire State colleges and universities, and be eligible for receiving tuition aid. It is the eighth...

Education - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

CA Senate SB 320 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 320 , which would make the Golden State the first to require public universities to offer medication abortion. The law would take effect in 2022, with startup finding provided by private donors. The...

Education - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NJ Governor Signs AB 493 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 493 , which bans chewing tobacco at Garden State K-12 schools. Students that violate the ban could lose parking and sports participation privileges, while adults face fines up to...

Education - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

AZ Federal Judge Blocks A federal judge permanently blocks a 2010 ARIZONA law that prohibited Grand Canyon State schools from offering courses in ethnic studies. U.S. District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled that the ban was “not for a legitimate...

Education - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

EDUCATION IN MA The MASSACHUSETTS Board of Education announces that students who relocated to the Bay State from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will be immediately eligible to pay lower in-state public higher education...

Environment - December 18 2018 | 12-15-2017

WI GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 499 WISCONSIN Gov. Scott Walker (R) signs AB 499 , which overturns a law that essentially barred mining for any minerals in the Badger State other than iron ore. Under that law, a mining company seeking to extract minerals other...

Democrats Fielding Citizen Legislative Candidates | 12-01-2017

As a 2015 survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates, most state lawmakers are business owners, lawyers or professional politicians. That stands to reason since people who work in those professions...

Education - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

Education In CA The CALIFORNIA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research releases proposed changes to the state’s landmark California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that would require development projects to estimate the number of miles...

Education - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MA House and Senate Approve HB 4032 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 4032 , a bill that would allow Bay State school districts to maintain current English immersion programming or choose an alternative that meets federal...

Education - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

PA Governor Doesn't Sign HB 178 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolfe (D) allows HB 178 , which lets school districts cite “economic reasons” as a rationale for furloughing teachers, to become law without his signature. The law also requires...

Education - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Wisconsin Senate Approves SB 236 The WISCONSIN Senate approves SB 236 , which would require school districts for the first time to seek competitive bids on contracts of significant dollar value. The measure moves to the Assembly (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL...

Education - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 568 Saying such decisions were best left to the collective bargaining process, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 568 , which would have required schools to give teachers six weeks of paid time off for pregnancy, childbirth...

Education - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Vetoes AB 1399 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1399 , which would have required the state Department on Teacher Credentialing to develop program standards on teaching the subject of genocide and human rights. Brown said such programs...

Education - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Signs AB 1178 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1178 , which will require colleges to send students personalized reports detailing their cumulative loan amounts and the percentage of federal borrowing limits they have reached (LOS...

Education - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

California Signs SB 557 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 557 , which allows Golden State schools to donate their cafeteria food leftovers to local food banks and charities (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Education - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Assembly Gives Final Approval The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to a bill making the first year of community college free for in-state students going full time. The measure ( AB 19 ) now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) (ASSOCIATED...

Education - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Approves AB 10 The CALIFORNIA Senate unanimously approves AB 10 , which would require schools where 40 percent of the kids meet the federal poverty threshold to provide free feminine hygiene products to female students. The bill, which would...

Education - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

Illinois Signs SB 1991 Responding to a significant shortage, ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 1991 , a bill that will create a task force to formulate methods to recruit and retain agriculture teachers (THEXRADIO.COM [EFFINGHAM]).

Education - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Illinois Signs HB 2663 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 2663 , legislation that prohibits the expulsion of students from preschool education and early childhood programs that are funded through the Illinois State Board of Education (ABC7CHICAGO...

Education - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

California Signs AB 990 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 990 , which requires the California State University system to post estimates of the specific cost of off campus housing for students. Many universities estimate the cost of living off...

Education - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

New York Signs AB 611 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 611 , which bans the use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products on Empire State public school grounds. The law also prohibits e-cigarette use on buses and other vehicles that transport...

Education - July 24 2017 | 07-21-2017

Education In Kentucky The KENTUCKY High School Athletic Association adopts rules making the Bluegrass State the first to require all high school softball pitcher and first and third basemen to wear protective masks when in the field. The rule goes...

Education - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

Michigan Signs SB 401 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 401 , which will automatically enroll new teachers and staff in a 401(k)-style retirement plan unless they instead pro-actively choose a revised hybrid pension (DETROIT NEWS).

Education - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Oregon Approves HB 3454 The OREGON Senate unanimously approves HB 3454 , a bill that would require public schools to provide lunch to all students regardless of their ability to pay. The bill, which would also bar those institutions from practicing...

Education - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Pennsylvania Approves SB 383 The PENNSYLVANIA Senate approves SB 383 , which would allow Keystone State school boards to authorize teachers and other non-police school employees to carry firearms on school property. It moves to the House (TRIBLIVE...

Education - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

Florida Signs SB 436 FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) signs SB 436 , a measure to ensure that students are able to express their religious views in class assignments, on their clothing or jewelry or by praying during the school day (ORLANDO SENTINEL). ...

Education - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Louisiana Gives Approves To HB 269 The LOUISIANA House gives final approval to HB 269 , which would require management boards for LSU, Southern University and other schools to spell out policies aimed at protecting campus speech, “including without...

Education - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 406 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 406 , which would ban for-profit companies from owning or managing charter schools in the Golden State. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Nevada Signs AB 64 NEVADA Gov...