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    Cloakroom: Going for Broke on Amnesty

    Senate Cloakroom: June 24–28 Analysis: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking to make good on his promise to pass an amnesty bill through the Senate before the chamber adjourns for its week-long Fourth of July recess. On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the chamber is expected to vote on … More

    Common Core: Homeschoolers Face New Questions on College Admissions

    New information on Common Core “alignment” by the ACT, SAT, and even GED exams raises questions about the impact Common Core will have on private and homeschooled students and their ability to “opt out” of the federally incentivized standards if they want to apply for college. David Coleman, new head … More

    Common Core: North Carolina to Review

    Last week, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest released a video explaining his opposition to his state’s rush to adopt Common Core national standards and tests and lending his support to the State Board of Education’s decision to review the standards over the next few months. As a sitting member … More

    Kansas Teachers Vote to Decertify Their Union

    Teachers in Deerfield, Kansas, just did something unusual—they voted to decertify their union. The Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) no longer represents them. Teachers disliking their union representation do not make news, but teachers actually leaving their union do: The law makes it very difficult for teachers to remove unwanted … More

    Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements … More

    Common Core Implementation Proves Problematic

    New York and Kentucky have begun testing based on the new Common Core education standards, and they are quickly seeing frustration among educators, parents, and students. The states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative are supposed to fully implement the standards by the 2014–2015 … More

    Colorado Teachers Now Paid for Performance, Not Years of Service

    Douglas County, Colorado is once again leading the state in education reform by adopting a teacher compensation plan that has school districts across the nation talking. Teachers in Douglas County are finally getting a pay system that could reflect their value: one that rewards hard work based on merit, not … More

    No Child Left Behind: Alexander Unveils Rewrite

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has just introduced a proposal to “fix” No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic law—states should be allowed to opt-out of NCLB entirely—Alexander’s Every … More