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July 1, 2014
Membership set for new online task force
Fifteen members have been selected for a state task force that’s supposed to come up with recommendations for oversight of multi-district online schools, a somewhat…
June 25, 2014
Indiana superintendent hoping film will launch an education movement
Now that the documentary has already had premieres in Lafayette and Indianapolis, the West Lafayette team behind "Rise Above the Mark" believes they only have a small window of opportunity to make a big impact with the film. Will the film make an impact the team deems as worth their investment of close to $75,000, or will it simply cause more polarization in an already politically charged landscape?
June 24, 2014
National shift in special ed accountability could impact Colorado
Federal officials have announced a major shift in how states will be held accountable for serving students in special education — and Colorado could be…
June 23, 2014
Ritz, state board at odds over NCLB waiver status
Indiana has less than a week to answer U.S. Department of Education concerns that it is not complying with the terms of a 2012 federal waiver reached freeing the state from stringent sanctions of the No Child Left Behind Law. Board members and Superintendent Glenda Ritz sparred at a meeting today over board procedure and the status of the waiver.
June 19, 2014
Holyoke district hopes to modify state education reforms for rural schools
A rural Colorado school district hopes to become the second in the state to make use of a law that allows districts to request flexibility…
June 18, 2014
Top Republican, Democrat take opposite views of NCLB waiver concerns
In less than two weeks, Indiana could potentially lose its federal No Child Left Behind law waiver unless state leaders can convince the U.S. Department…
June 13, 2014
Pence: Indiana won’t delay test-based accountability in 2015
Indiana must keep school accountability in place in 2015 even if an overhauled ISTEP test results in lower student scores, Gov. Mike Pence said today.
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June 11, 2014
CDE, State Board sort through homework assignments
How would you feel if your teacher gave you nearly two-dozen homework assignments and then left school for the next seven months? That’s kind of the spot the Department of Education and the State Board of Education are in with the work assigned to them by Colorado legislators.
June 4, 2014
Indiana's dilemma: Should state test scores count next year?
Indiana could propose letting teachers and schools off the hook from sanctions for poor test scores next year as part of its effort to meet demands from the U.S Department of Education. But state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Indiana State Board of Education today faced a series of tough questions they’ve only begun to try to answer about what that could mean for the state’s school accountability system.
June 3, 2014
Questions remain as Indiana's NCLB deadline nears
Indiana now has less than a month to satisfy U.S. Department of Education concerns that have put it in jeopardy of facing federal sanctions, and…
May 28, 2014
Report: States, including Colorado, face many questions as new standards collide with accountability
Those are just some of the lingering questions bureaucrats and lawmakers in Colorado (and across the nation) will have to answer in the coming years…
May 13, 2014
Ritz, state board at odds over what went wrong on NCLB
State Board of Education members sparred with state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and her staff today over why Indiana is in hot water with federal education officials. In a tense meeting reminiscent of last fall’s battles between Ritz and the rest of the board over who controlled state education policy, board members peppered the superintendent and her team with questions and challenged the veracity of their answers.
2014 session review
May 9, 2014
For education, 2014 session was all about the money
Money dominated the education debate during the 2014 legislative session, which ended with increased base funding for schools and money left over for some special programs. That doesn’t mean finance won’t be an issue again in 2015. And touchy subjects like testing were mostly left to the future.
May 7, 2014
State board sets special meeting on NCLB waiver concerns
The Indiana State Board of Education will hold a special meeting on on Tuesday for board members to ask questions of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz…
May 6, 2014
Key legislative education leader fighting for his political survival
A primary challenge to Indiana House Education Committee Chairman Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, has made Behning’s central role in changing education in the state over the past several years a centerpiece of his case against the incumbent. The unexpectedly close race has raised new questions about the political potency of a coalition of voters, spanning both political parties, that is increasingly skeptical of the sorts of reforms Behning is identified with.
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