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State legislatures are moving ahead on K-12 issues

LA School Report | August 4, 2014

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EdWeekIn a year when 46 states will hold legislative elections and 36 will select governors, lawmakers in various states pushed ahead on education priorities, including pre-K education, teacher evaluation, and revisions to school funding formulas.

Those issues and others managed to break through despite continued ferment around the Common Core State Standards, including passage of a law repealing the standards in Oklahoma and a potential scaling-back of them in such states as Missouri and North Carolina.

“There’s a lot of movement right now, I think because of pent-up demand. There weren’t a lot of changes made during the recession,” said Michael Griffith, a senior school finance analyst with the Denver-based Education Commission of the States. “Probably half the states right now are thinking about or reviewing possible changes to the school funding formula. That would be the most that I think have done this since the recession.”

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