Education

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...

Education - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

PA Approves HB 805 The PENNSYLVANIA Senate approves HB 805 , which would require Keystone State school districts to use an evaluation system instead of seniority when determining which teachers to lay off. It moves to Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who has said...

Education - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

TN Gov Allows SB 2376 TENNESSEE Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allows SB 2376 , which allows full-time faculty, staff and other public college and university employees who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus as long as they notify the local...

Education - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Approves AB 1594 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1594 , which would bar the use of standard and electronic cigarettes on California State University and community college campuses. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE). MD Gov Signs SB...

Education - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

SB 2438 Signed in MS MISSISSIPPI Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signs SB 2438 , which requires all school superintendents to be appointed rather than elected (WREG.COM [MEMPHIS]).

Education - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Education in MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate endorses SB 2203 , legislation that would gradually lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the Bay State but tie that to increased funding for all public schools. The measure now moves to the House...

Education - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Education In KY The KENTUCKY House approves SB 228, which would require school boards to establish procedures to investigate bullying and protect bullying victims. It moves to Gov. Matt Blevin (R) for consideration (COURIER-JOURNAL [LEXINGTON]). ...

Education - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Education In GA The GEORGIA Senate approves HB 859, a bill that would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses...

Education - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

Education In AZ The ARIZONA Senate approves HB 2544, which would make the Grand Canyon State the first to allow schools to choose from a menu of standardized tests rather than the one offered by the state. It moves to Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for consideration...

Education - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

VIRGINIA Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoes SB 612 and HB 131, bills that would prohibit Old Dominion public schools from joining interscholastic organizations that don’t allow home-schoolers from participating in athletics. The House failed in its...

Education - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

The FLORIDA House approves HB 833, which would require Sunshine State public schools to provide 100 minutes of recess each week in kindergarten through fifth grade. The measure, which would also apply to sixth-grade students enrolled in schools with one...

Education - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Education in SD The SOUTH DAKOTA House approves HB 1008, a bill that would bar transgender students from using bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities of the gender with which they identify if those facilities don’t correspond with their...

Education - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

President Barack Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation that replaces the federal No Child Left Behind program. The new law allows each state to develop its own methods and standards for judging school quality. The measure also allows...

Education - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Education in MA The University of MASSACHUSETTS Foundation, which manages charitable giving for the five-university UMASS system, announces it will divest itself of direct investments of its $770 million endowment in coal companies. The Foundation...

Education - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Education in WV The WEST VIRGINIA Board of Education endorses a repeal of the Common Core-based K-12 math and English language arts standards and replacement of them with standards developed by state education officials. The proposal is now in a 30...

Education - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

MI Signs SB 103 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 103, which requires school districts to set in place performance evaluation systems for all teachers and administrators that take into account student growth and assessment data (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S...

Education - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs HB 2, which among its several provisions requires in-depth financial and academic reporting from charter schools and management organizations, bars charter schools from switching authorizers to avoid being shut down, and...

Education - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

The MICHIGAN Senate gives final approval to SB 103, which requires school districts and charter schools to base at least 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on assessment and student growth data, half of what would have been required under current...

Education - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Education in CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 967, a bill that would have required public and private colleges and universities to adopt uniform processes for handling sexual assault cases, to report how many cases are received and subsequently...

Education - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 329, which would require that high school students take sex education classes unless their parents specifically request for them to be exempted. Also in CALIFORNIA , Gov. Brown signs SB 695, which requires school...

Education - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

LA Signs Common Core Bills LOUISIANA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signs a trio of bills related to common Core: HB 373, which requires public hearings to discuss Common Core standards in the state’s six congressional districts; SB 43, which adds legislative...

Education - September 21 2015 | 09-18-2015

School of origin CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 445, which requires a local educational agency serving a homeless child to allow the homeless child to continue his or her education in the school of origin through the duration of the homelessness...

Education - September 14 2015 | 09-10-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 110, which would have made it a crime to threaten violence against someone on school grounds. Brown also vetoes SB 456, which would have made it a crime to threaten to fire a gun on school property. Brown said...

Education - September 7 2015 | 09-04-2015

CA Signs SB 725 & Approves AB 721 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 725, which suspends for the class of 2015 a state requirement that all graduating students take the high school exit exam. State education officials cancelled the test earlier...

Education - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

NJ Signs SB 2484, SB 2377 Vetoes SB 1857 Amidst reports that student achievement is being harmed by a lack of sleep, NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 2484, which directs education officials to review the impact of delaying school starting...

Education - August 10 2015 | 08-07-2015

ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 7, legislation that requires students who suffer a concussion to get permission from a doctor or athletic trainer before they fully return to class or sports (CHICAGO TRIBUNE).

Education - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder signs SB 69, which extends until 2023 a program that allows community colleges to partner with employers to establish and fund jobs training programs in the Wolverine State (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Education - July 20 2015 | 07-17-2015

CA Approves SB 200 The CALIFORNIA Assembly unanimously approves SB 200, which would allow the children of live-in working parents to attend school in the district where those parents work. It moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS...

Education - July 13 2015 | 07-10-2015

NH Vetoes HB 449 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoes HB 449, which would have altered a Granite State law requiring the payment of child support payments until a student has graduated from high school, even if that student is over 18. Under...

Education - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

DE Approves SB 79 The DELAWARE House approves SB 79, which among several thing bars education technology service providers from selling student data or using that data to market to students or their families. The measure also bars them from building...

Education - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

NY Endorses SB 5965 University Sex Assault Bill The NEW YORK Assembly and Senate each endorse SB 5965, which would create a statewide definition of what constitutes consensual sexual activity at Empire State public and private colleges and universities...