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February 4, 2016
We asked six students what lawmakers could do to improve their schools. Here’s what they said.
Answers ranged from later start times to more college prep classes.
February 1, 2016
Indiana House moves to require the state to explain how schools receive federal aid
Several education bills passed today, moving to the opposite house for further debate next week.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 7, 2016
Lawmakers say ISTEP rescore necessary to ensure accuracy in 2016
The dramatic drop in standardized test scores that hit nearly every school in Indiana has re-energized some state legislators to go after the exam.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
Q and A
December 15, 2015
Colorado’s pick for education commissioner on Common Core, teacher evaluations and turnaround
The State Board of Education's pick for education commissioner is a business owner and former lawmaker who lacks experience as an educator.
Updated December 14, 2015
Former Arizona lawmaker, Wyoming schools chief is pick for Colorado education commissioner
A Republican former state lawmaker from Arizona who briefly served as the chief of schools in Wyoming is in line to become Colorado’s next education…
The Colorado Way
November 20, 2015
Colorado schools spared tough sanctions from high testing opt-out rates under new federal waiver
The OK from Washington comes a little more than a week after the State Board of Education begrudgingly signed off on the state's application.
Hick makes his pitch
November 12, 2015
Hickenlooper: Schools must share burden of state budget balancing
Gov. John Hickenlooper told legislators that K-12 spending needs to share the pain of a tight state budget situation along with other big-ticket programs.
November 11, 2015
State board signs off on Colorado bid for flexibility from federal law
The State Board of Education Wednesday grudgingly voted 5-2 to approve submission of Colorado’s request for flexibility in meeting federal education laws.
changing of the guard
Updated November 10, 2015
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia resigning two state posts
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, the Hickenlooper’s most prominent voice on education issues, is resigning both his elected post and as head of the Department of Higher Education.
November 2, 2015
Tuition increase “holiday” could be over for Colorado students
College tuition costs could start rising more steeply under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new budget plan, which would cut direct state support of colleges and universities.
More tight belts
November 2, 2015
School funding shortfall would grow under new Hickenlooper budget plan
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2016-17 state budget proposal contains a mix of good and bad news for K-12 education, given the financial squeeze facing the state.
October 26, 2015
Lawmakers propose fixes for testing and teaching
Lawmakers think they came up with solutions for a few of the biggest education issues from the past year: testing, teacher hiring and keeping teachers in the classroom.
Commissioner wish list
October 1, 2015
State board sets long wish list for new commissioner
Want to be Colorado commissioner of education? You’d better have a darned good resume.
August 12, 2015
Retooled State Board starts off in businesslike fashion
Back from its July break, the State Board of Education elected a new chair, welcomed a new member, paid tribute to an old one and held its smoothest meeting in months.
Into the fray
August 11, 2015
Rankin joining State Board “without preconceptions”
New State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin said she'll have an "open mind" when asked how she’ll approach serving on a body that’s had its share of bumps over the last several months.
SBE back to full strength
August 8, 2015
Republican Joyce Rankin named to State Board of Education
Joyce Rankin, a former teacher and principal from Carbondale, Saturday was selected to fill the vacant 3rd District seat on the State Board of Education.
August 6, 2015
State Board selects commissioner search firm
The State Board of Education has selected Ray & Associates, an Iowa-based company, to conduct the search for candidates to be commissioner of education.
July 24, 2015
Ritz's education department faces questions about transparency
The Indiana Department of Education has seen three public access complaints or inquiries filed with the state's public access counselor in the past year
July 21, 2015
Shelby County Schools could exclude late test scores from student grades
Local education officials soon could take advantage of a new state law that allows them to exclude students' scores from their final grades in certain situations.
July 16, 2015
Municipal superintendents cite challenges, benefits of split from Shelby County Schools
Superintendents give sunny update a year after breaking off from the state's largest school district, but challenges in funding and facilities remain.
July 15, 2015
Tennessee legislators want more state control under No Child Left Behind rewrite
Lawmakers kick off a two-day study session on K-12 schools in Tennessee, looking first at how a proposed revision of a federal education law would impact state schools.
Keeping kids safe
July 14, 2015
School safety panel ramps up for summer of study
A panel of legislators and experts Tuesday started to get up to speed on one of the touchiest issues of the 2015 legislative session – school security.
No free lunch
July 13, 2015
Study: Pension system shift could be costly in more ways than one
Converting the current pension plan for teachers and state worker to a defined contribution system could cost up to $15.9 billion over four decades, a new report says.
July 13, 2015
The basics of Mike Pence on education: A battle for control
As governor, Mike Pence has pushed for career and technical education, school choice, tougher school accountability and changes to standards and tests.
July 6, 2015
Two Tennessee teachers receive Presidential Award
A Memphis science teacher and a Montgomery County math teacher receive the 2015 Presidential Award for excellence in their craft.
A full slate
July 2, 2015
Nine Republicans vying for State Board vacancy
Nine candidates have applied for the 3rd District vacancy on the State Board of Education created when board chair Marcia Neal announced her resignation.
State Board changes
June 25, 2015
Republican candidates lining up for State Board vacancy
At least half a dozen people are interested in the State Board of Education seat being vacated by Republican Marcia Neal of Grand Junction.
Don't count on extra cash
June 19, 2015
No good news for schools in latest revenue forecasts
New state revenue forecasts point to tightening of the state budget that kicks in on July 1, making it less likely school districts will see extra funding in 2015-16.
End of an era
June 16, 2015
Despite uncertainty, Education Commissioner Robert Hammond exits on a celebratory note
A retirement party is an occasion for saying nice things, and education Commissioner Robert Hammond received a highly complimentary send off Tuesday.
June 16, 2015
First Governor’s Teacher Cabinet to advise Haslam, McQueen
Gov. Bill Haslam announces 18 Tennessee teachers selected to serve on the first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet.
talk of the town
June 11, 2015
State board members, education officials see an uncertain future after Neal’s resignation
Education leaders and state board members react to the departure of Marcia Neal, the chair of the Colorado State Board of Education.
More State Board disruption
June 11, 2015
State board chair Marcia Neal resigns, citing “dysfunction”
Marcia Neal, chair of the State Board of Education, announced her resignation Thursday morning, saying board dysfunction was one reason for her decision.
changing of the guard
June 11, 2015
Asp to lead education department until new commissioner is found
The State Board of Education agreed, 6-1, to appoint Asp to the temporary position Wednesday.
June 8, 2015
O’Brien might be state board’s choice to share some of Ritz’s duties
Board member Sarah O'Brien could become the board’s first ever vice chairwoman.
June 3, 2015
Hick signs two school safety bills
Two measures intended to improve school safety were signed Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper during a Capitol ceremony.
June 3, 2015
Asp nominated to be interim education commissioner
Elliott Asp, special assistant to the state education commissioner, has been nominated to be interim commissioner.
May 29, 2015
House Education chair John Buckner dies
Rep. John Buckner, chair of the House Education Committee, died Thursday. He was 67.
Now it's the law
May 20, 2015
All smiles as Hick signs testing bills
With the nail-biting legislative session safely behind them, Gov. John Hickenlooper and key lawmakers were brimming with good cheer as he signed two testing bills.
May 19, 2015
Teachers union to Pence: Reappoint Cari Whicker to the state board
A teachers union list of recommendations for who Gov. Mike Pence should appoint to the Indiana State Board of Education is telling for who it suggests, and who it doesn't
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 12, 2015
Here are the 29 education bills that passed the 2015 Indiana legislature
The work of Indiana lawmakers this year probably won’t be remembered primarily for its effect on schools — given the national debate that erupted…
2015 Session Review
May 9, 2015
Testing bill the one notable achievement in education policy
State assessments, K-12 funding and school safety were the top education issues for the General Assembly, but little other educational legislation of note passed.
May 7, 2015
Survey: Teacher confidence in evaluations lower than two years ago
Teachers are overall reporting more satisfaction on the job than in 2013, but confidence in new evaluation systems is low.
Last statehouse roundup
May 6, 2015
Mixed bag of education bills crosses finish line as session ends
A last set of education bills were passed amid the hurrying, waiting, confusion and general hilarity on the last day of the 2015 legislative session.
The last day
May 6, 2015
Testing agreement comes in session’s final hours
The debate on testing, 2015's most divisive education issue, ended on the session’s last day with self-congratulatory speeches and strong votes for a compromise bill.
May 5, 2015
Committees quickly add to ranks of fallen education bills
A dozen education-related bills were killed in committee on Monday during the frenzy of activity that marked the 118th day of the 2015 legislature’s 120-day session.
May 4, 2015
House passes testing compromise bill
The House late Monday gave preliminary approval to a compromise testing measure designed to break the assessment stalemate that has dogged the 2015 session.
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