Education

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...

Education - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Texas Approves SB 7 The TEXAS Senate gives final approval to SB 7 , which would require Lone Star State principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. It moves to Gov...

Education - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Texas Approves Senate Bill 7 The TEXAS House approves Senate Bill 7 , which would require principals and superintendents to report teachers having inappropriate relationships with students or face a state jail felony or a fine of up to $10,000. It...

Education - May 8 2017 | 05-04-2017

Louisiana Approves HB 79 The LOUISIANA House unanimously approves HB 79 , which would ban the paddling of disabled students at Pelican State public schools. The bill moves to the Senate (ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE]). Arizona Signs SB 1042 ARIZONA...

Education - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Oklahoma Approves HB 1693 The OKLAHOMA Senate approves HB 1693 , which would overhaul the Sooner State’s public school accountability system to give equal weight to student performance in English language arts and mathematics as well as student...

Education - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

Indiana Approves SB 423 The INDIANA Senate gives final approval to SB 423 , so-called “sanctuary city” legislation that would mandate that Hoosier State public and private colleges comply with the enforcement of federal immigration laws...

Education - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

North Dakota Approves HB 1275 The NORTH DAKOTA Senate approves HB 1275 , a bill that says a student of a public or nonpublic school can't be prohibited from voluntarily participating in any “student-initiated prayer” at an athletic...

Education - April 3 2017 | 03-31-2017

Mississippi Legislature Approves SB 2273 The MISSISSIPPI Legislature gives final approval to SB 2273 , which would reinforce that cursive writing be taught to Magnolia State public school students. It is now with Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who is expected...

Education - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

Kentucky Approves SB 159 The KENTUCKY House approves SB 159 , which would require Bluegrass State high school students to pass a version of the civics test that the U.S. government gives to immigrants when they apply to become citizens. It returns...

Education - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

Kentucky Approves HB 58 The KENTUCKY House approves HB 58 , which would allow homeschool students to participate in public school extracurricular activities at the school in their respective district. It moves to the Senate (FLOYD COUNTY TIMES). ...

Education - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Montana Approves HB 376 The MONTANA House approves HB 376 , which would authorize the creation of charter schools in the Treasure State. It is now in the Senate (MISSOULIAN, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Virginia Signs HB 2432 VIRGINIA Gov. Terry McAuliffe...

States Ponder New Wave Of K-12 Education Options | 03-03-2017

Those seeking a broader menu of taxpayer-funded schooling options – ranging from more public charter schools to increasing vouchers for private and religious schools – have never had a stronger ally in the nation’s top education job...

Education - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

Kentucky Approves SB 17 The KENTUCKY Senate approves SB 17 , which would codify the right for students to express religious viewpoints in school, including in their homework and clothing. It moves to the House (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER). Virginia...

Education - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Education In South Dakota The SOUTH DAKOTA House Education Committee rejects a bill that would have required insurance companies to disclose how much money they donate to the state’s fledgling private-school scholarship fund in exchange for tax...

Education - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Arizona Declines To Hear HB 2120 The ARIZONA House Education Committee declines to hear HB 2120 , a bill that would have banned colleges from offering classes that promote “resentment or social justice toward a race, gender, religion, political...

Education - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The MICHIGAN House approves a seven-bill package that, among several things, does away with a zero-tolerance policy used by many school districts that opponents claim unfairly leads to too many kids being expelled from Wolverine State schools. The package...

Education - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Massachusetts Approves HB 2319 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 2319 , which would exempt custodians, cafeteria employees and other non-teaching workers from a law that gives principals and superintendents responsibility...

Education - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Education In Georgia The GEORGIA Supreme Court rules that a law prohibiting guns on school property supersedes one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed both bills into law in 2014. The...

Education - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Vetoes AB 1594 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1594 , which would have barred all tobacco and e-cigarette products from California State University and community college campuses. Brown said colleges are capable of making their...

Education - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Education in California The CALIFORNIA Board of Education officially adopts a school evaluation policy that rates schools by multiple factors, including academics, graduation rates, college preparedness and the rates at which non-native speakers are...

Education - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

New York Signs AB 10740 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 10740 , which makes the Empire State the first to require all schools to test their drinking water for lead contamination, with results reported to parents and state and local officials...

Education - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

Education in California The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling ( Vergara v. California ) that rejected a challenge to the Golden State’s teacher dismissal, tenure and layoff laws (EDSOURCE).

Education - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1257 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1257 , which would require Golden State law students to perform a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono legal work before being allowed to take the bar exam. The measure moves to...

Education - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Health in California The CALIFORNIA State Board of Education approves a new history and social sciences curriculum that includes new instruction on topics like financial literacy; voter education; genocide; and the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Education - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

Education In IL The ILLINOIS State Board of Education announces the Prairie State will stop using the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in reading and math, exams based on the Common Core curriculum designed...

Education - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

NC Gov Signs HB 242 NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs HB 242 , which would allow low performing elementary schools to be placed in a new, charter-operated district pilot program called Achievement School Districts. Under the law the ASD superintendent...

Education - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Education In TX The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a call to abolish a policy at the University of TEXAS that considers an applicant’s race in admissions. The court ruled that the university system had complied with earlier court rulings that allow...

Education - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1423 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1423 , which bars software vendors from selling student-specific data or from using that data to create individual student profiles or for targeted advertising. Vendors will also be...

Education - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

Education In RI The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves legislation which makes clear that schools are required to report suspected child abuse to child welfare authorities. It is now in the House (ASSOCIATED PRESS). NY Approves AB 4311 The NEW YORK...

Education - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

CA Rejects SB 1457 The CALIFORNIA Senate rejects SB 1457 , which would have allowed Golden State students to take unlimited time off from school and still obtain two elective credits for private religious or moral training (SACRAMENTO BEE). VA Gov...

Education - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

PA Approves HB 1574 The PENNSYLVANIA House gives final approval to HB 1574 , which would broaden the Keystone State’s anti-hazing law to include public and private high schools. The bill, which makes it a third-degree misdemeanor when a student...