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May 5, 2015
Senate takes its turn on testing, advances compromise plan
The Senate passed a compromise testing bill late Tuesday that looks a lot like a measure approved by the House on Monday evening. The vote appears to…
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.
April 30, 2015
District liability bill gets initial House approval
Major bills on school district liability, the state pension system and budget adjustments that could help education were the focus of long Capitol debates Thursday.
April 29, 2015
House backs down in school finance fight; Indian mascots bill killed
Education issues from school funding to teacher pensions to American Indian mascots were debated Wednesday as lawmakers struggled through long calendars.
April 28, 2015
Big pension bill complicates session’s final days
A new bill would allow the state to sell bonds whose proceeds would be used to shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, which covers all state teachers.
April 27, 2015
Spare change found for school funding bill
The House Education Committee Monday added some symbolic funding for at-risk students to the proposed 2015-16 school finance bill.
April 24, 2015
House weighs in with its own testing bill
The House Friday gave preliminary approval to its version of what should happen to state tests, less than 18 hours after the Senate passed its competing testing bill.
April 23, 2015
Modest testing reduction bill advances in Senate
The Senate has advanced bills to reduce state testing and to fund the state's schools in 2015-16.
April 20, 2015
Ranks of testing bills culled as session’s days dwindle
Four testing bills were killed by the House Education Committee Monday, including measures that would have repealed the Common Core Standards and PARCC tests.
April 17, 2015
House Education still has a ways to go on data privacy bill
A rare Friday session of the House Education Committee aired parent concerns about the privacy of student educational data but no action on a key bill.
April 15, 2015
“Diploma protection” bill jumps first hurdle
A legislative committee has passed a bill to prohibit state colleges from discriminating against applicants with diplomas from districts that aren’t accredited.
April 14, 2015
House committee endorses “pay for success” bill
A creative financing bill got a big endorsement but there were surprises for measures on truancy and American Indian mascots at the Capitol Tuesday.
April 13, 2015
House panel loads lots of changes onto testing bill
It was a busy day for education at the Capitol Monday as bills on testing, school violence and American Indian mascots all were on the move.
April 2, 2015
Budget squeeze dooms three education spending bills
The House Appropriations Committee Thursday killed three major education spending bills, including proposals to increase funding for preschool and for full-day kindergarten.
April 1, 2015
Bid to pull testing funds livens up Senate budget debate
Testing became part of the state budget debate, a House committee approved an aid bill for rural districts and more new education bills popped up in the House.
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