Politics & Education - Page 2

  • Wyoming voters prefer tax increases to education cuts

    (Wyo.) With the state facing a multi-million dollar deficit over the next two years, a majority of Wyoming voters wouldn’t mind an increase in taxes–as long as the money is directed toward schools, according to a new poll.

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  • After zero tolerance set aside, juvenile crime rate drops

    (Calif.) As overall crime rates in California have risen, data also shows a steep decline in juvenile arrests and referrals between 2015 and 2016–a finding that could be linked to softer intervention measures.

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  • Florida’s LEAs undermining landmark teacher pay law

    (Fla.) Despite landmark legislation adopted in 2011 intended to tie teacher pay to student performance, the vast majority of Florida’s classroom educators continue to receive ‘highly effective’ ratings while salary increases in many districts are granted with no connection to test scores.

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  • More bills fail to progress as legislative session winds down

    (Calif.) Bills to expand access to mental health services in schools, prohibit the expulsion of preschoolers and require human trafficking prevention education all stalled in what was likely their last hearing this legislative session last week.

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  • Teacher tenure bill brings out old rivals

    (Calif.) In what might be the first salvo in the race for state school superintendent, legislation that would extend the period new teachers have to achieve tenure has been challenged by an activist education group as “protections for the lowest performing teachers.”

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