GovBeat: education


Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

California schools could consider race, gender in admissions

A proposal that passed the state Senate would roll back parts of Prop. 209.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/29/2014

A Kansas lawmaker wants the state to count undocumented schoolchildren

The bill would not deny school to such children, but it would require they be counted.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, immigration, Kansas

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014

States could count computer programming as foreign language skill

Republicans and Democrats are pitching bills to encourage students to learn computer programming.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Kentucky, New Mexico, States

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

The District of Columbia spends three times more per student than Utah does.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Why Indiana’s push to require cursive writing education could be a good thing

Some studies show cursive may be good for brain development.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, indiana, legislature, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How states spend their cash, in 5 maps

For the third time in the last four years, states spent more than they brought in.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, health, Revenue, spending, States, Transportation

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Hawaii Session Preview: Lawmakers return today to talk cooling schools

The state will take up policies both familiar and unique.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, Hawaii, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, obamacare, session preview

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Thirty states are raising pre-kindergarten funding

In all, states are increasing funding nearly 7 percent this fiscal year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  educ, education, maps, Rankings, States

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Brown proposes billions in new spending, cautiously, as economy improves

Brown’s proposal includes $10 billion in added school funding, but some Democratic pet projects are left out.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, economy, education, high-speed rail, newsletter, States, Transportation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

South Carolina’s Haley pitches education reform package

The governor wants $160 million for a modest reform proposal.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, education reform, South Carolina, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Session Preview: Pennsylvania GOP looks to close a deficit in an election year

Republicans will have to navigate a political minefield of spending cuts and tax hikes as they seek to close a budget hole.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, deficit, deficits, education, Pennsylvania, pension, pension reform, pensions, session preview

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session preview: Colorado’s (limited) bipartisanship

Colorado legislators will work together on education funding, and against each other everywhere else.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, gun control, gun rights, session preview, States

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: A $5B budget and a Senate showdown in Mississippi

The Mississippi state legislature kicks off its three-month session on Tuesday, with a contentious Senate primary looming.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, legislature, Mississippi, senate, session preview

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: In Idaho, education’s a top priority

Education and health care will take center stage during the 2014 session.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, health, Healthcare, Idaho, legislature, medicaid, medicaid expansion, session preview

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

New laws coming in elections and social issues

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, elections, employment, laws, newsletter, States

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Colorado’s Hickenlooper wants to put school budgets online

Governor says disclosing school spending would show not all school districts receive the same resources.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, newsletter, States, transparency

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Republicans back away from Common Core as legislative roadblocks advance

Under pressure from conservative activists, Republican governors are revisiting Common Core standards.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Florida, georgia, indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, newsletter, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, States

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Where teachers get paid the most, and the least

A teacher in New York gets paid nearly twice as much as a teacher in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Rankings, States, teachers

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

How states can get what they need from a frozen Congress: Ignore it

If Congress won’t act, make the case directly to voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, education, Infrastructure, innovation, Oregon, spending

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

The price of college is rising faster for public schools than private ones

The disparity is strongest in the West where the cost of public schools is rising at a rate more than six times faster than the cost of private schools.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, newsletter

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Students in a broad swath of the South lag the nation in reading proficiency

Math and reading scores are up nationally, but the results are mixed at the state level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:23 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Poor children now make up a majority of school children in South and West

More than half of students in the American South and West come from low-income homes.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Poverty, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Charter schools are hurting urban public schools, Moody’s says

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/10/2013

What it’s like to lose Head Start

Four vignettes on what it was like dealing with closed Head Start programs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, shutdown

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013

By Friday, 5,000 children will have lost Head Start since the shutdown began

A Georgia programs will join counterparts in four other states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, shutdown

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Oregon legislators return for special session

A deal over pension reform and tax increases appears at risk in a special session beginning Monday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Oregon, pension reform, special session, taxes

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/26/2013

The Midwest is really good at the SATs

High school students in Illinois and North Dakota scored best, with only bragging rights at stake.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Illinois, North Dakota, Rankings, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

How $50 makes kids seven times more likely to attend college

Silver State Treasurer Kate Marshall thinks $50 can put kindergarteners on the path to higher education.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Nevada, States

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 09/20/2013

How California is giving Arne Duncan the fits

What’s the point of taking an obsolete test? California legislators don’t think there is one.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:24 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Per-student spending dropped by a fifth in Oklahoma and Alabama in just six years

At least 34 states spend less per student now than before the recession, according to a new report.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, alaska, Arizona, budget, census, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut, education, florida, iowa, kansas, national association of state budget officers, North Dakota, Oklahoma, oregon, per-student, spending, student, West Virginia

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Want to know what the U.S. of tomorrow will look like? Check out the schools

Thousands of children returned to school on Tuesday morning and, at least in some states, a growing proportion are Hispanic.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, census, education, Hispanics, new mexico, population, school enrollment

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2013

The Republican case for Common Core

Conservatives from Georgia to Michigan have lambasted the Common Core proposal. But Republicans helped develop it.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, common core, education, georgia, indiana, Michigan

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Report: Long-term education investments lead to higher wages

A new report finds a strong correlation between a state's education levels and both higher productivity and higher wages.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, education, growth, productivity, Rankings, States, taxes