Issues and Legislation

Whiston: ‘If the Legislature won’t pass an evaluation bill, we’ll create a plan’

That’s what new State Superintendent Brian Whiston told the State Board of Education yesterday. While the Senate approved SB 103 in May to establish a statewide teacher evaluation system, the House Education Committee took no action before the Legislature adjourned for the summer.

16 schools lose ‘priority’ label

Out of the 40 schools labeled as “priority schools” in 2011, 16 have been removed this month from the State School Reform Office’s (SRO) priority list.  The schools met annual goals in math and reading, are no longer ranked in the bottom 5 percent of all schools across the state, and had at least 95 percent of their students take state exams.

Senate passes its version of an ESEA rewrite; Peters wins two amendments

The action by the U.S. Senate last week to pass the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is being called "a step closer to the end of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era." The Act passed on an 81-17 bipartisan vote and significantly reduces the role of the federal government in public education while giving states more flexibility.