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Connecticut Court Orders Major Overhaul of Primary and Secondary Education Policies

On September 7, 2016, a Connecticut trial court in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc. v. Rell, ordered the state to implement major reforms to its education policies. More than a decade ago, a...more

The Aftermath Of The CCJEF Ruling: What Is Next For Public Education In Connecticut?

On September 7, 2016, Superior Court Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher issued a lengthy decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell. As its name would suggest, this case involved a challenge to...more

Blogster's Miscellany: Eight Items Just Begging for More Attention, Comment

Ben deRuyter, a Democrat from Brewster announced this past Friday (April 15) he was withdrawing from the race to succeed Cape Cod state senator Dan Wolf because he wants to spend more time with his family. I’m sure his...more

UN Group Issues Recommendations Concerning School Discipline Policies

The past two years have seen considerable attention, on both the federal and state level, on the issue of student discipline. Specifically, the disparate impact student suspensions and expulsions have on students of color. In...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 12, 2016

What's New - SENATE - Work on H. 3579, the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act, ramped up in the Senate this week. The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday and Wednesday to hear from the...more

Future Workforce Needs May Force Education, Immigration Reforms

With manufacturing jobs going unfilled across the nation, and up to two million expected to be vacant over the coming decade, the need for both education and immigration reform is becoming increasingly apparent. American...more

Commentary on CCJEF v. Rell: An Important New Chapter in the Saga of School Funding in Connecticut

Earlier this month, trial court proceedings started in the landmark case, Connecticut Coalition on Justice in Education Funding v. Rell. The plaintiffs, several students in various towns and a coalition of towns, filed suit...more

[Webinar] Competency-Based Education - Sept. 23rd, 12:00 CDT

In May, the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Higher Education Reform published a paper, authored by Thompson Coburn partners Aaron Lacey and Chris Murray, that examines the current regulatory challenges facing the...more

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Completes its Work

The General Assembly’s Education Committee was quite active just before its March 30, 2015 deadline for approving bills. On March 25, 2015, the Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee the...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: March 19 Public Hearing

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 01/2015

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This week was one of transition as committees had fewer introductory hearings and more testimony on bills that are being considered. ...more

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

On the evening of January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives with Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the president’s...more

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Begins

The Minnesota Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 6 at noon to begin the 2015 Minnesota Legislative session. The first day of session was marked by the swearing in of new members, organizational matters and other...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor Inaugurated, Delivers His Address - On January 7th, Governor LePage took the oaths of office and officially began his second term as Maine’s Governor. As is custom, he also delivered his inaugural address. ...more

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Preview

With the 2014 elections in the rearview mirror, the focus has turned to the fast-approaching 2015 legislative session. For the first time since 1985, Democrats control both the Governor’s Office and the Senate, while the...more

Governor Cuomo Vetoes His Own Common Core Bill

On Monday night, December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that promised to protect “New York’s standing as a national leader in teacher evaluation.” Specifically, the legislation would have created a two-year safety...more

The Feds Are Watching: Equitable Allocations In School Budgets

It is indisputable that education forms the cornerstone of a productive society. What is frequently disputed, however, is what that cornerstone should cost, and just as every year swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, so...more

Department of Education Releases Gainful Employment Rule – Eliminates Proposed Programmatic Cohort Default Rate

As most readers of this blog probably know by now (around 8:00 am on the east coast), the Department of Education (“Department”) published the “gainful employment” rule (“GE Rule” or “Rule”) yesterday. The informal text of...more

Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students [Video]

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded...more

Policy Revisions Due to New Laws

This Alert is intended to give a general explanation of 2014 legislative enactments of the Connecticut General Assembly that may impact your board of education policies. For more detailed and individualized assistance with...more

New Paper On the Merits of a Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

On September 17, 2014, the Progressive Policy Institute issued a new paper entitled “Give Our Kids a Break: How Three-Year Degrees Can Cut College Costs.” The paper, written by Paul Weinstein Jr. who, in addition to being a...more

A Look at Higher Education Bills in the House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has seen a lot of action on the higher education front this year. Not only has Committee on Education and the Workforce (Ed and Workforce) Chairman John Kline passed a number of bills out of...more

More on the Higher Education Legislative Proposals from the Senate

Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act – H.R. 4612 / S. 1904 - On January 9, 2014, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act of 2013 (Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced a...more

Our Thoughts on the Current Higher Education Legislative Proposals

Late last week we released an Alert entitled,”Congress and the Higher Education Act: what’s on the table? What’s to come? Our look at the major proposals,” which summarizes our views on where things stand legislatively in...more

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