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Report: Excessive regulations hamper charter school progress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charter schools across the nation are increasingly subject to the same kinds of excessive regulations that have suppressed student achievement in the nation’s traditional public schools, according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
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Leading scholars blast U.S. History rewrite

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CHICAGO – Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take.
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Florida officials work to reduce testing

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has issued an executive order that suspends one test in his state’s schools for 11th grade students and called for legislation to review and reduce other testing.
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Education Savings Accounts catching on in additional states

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Education Savings Accounts were first approved in Arizona in 2012 as a statewide reform. An ESA program underwent a fast implementation process in Florida in 2014, where this year 1,600 students received funds.
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Feds pressure Chicago schools to administer PARCC tests

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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials announced they will administer the Common Core-aligned tests to all students, after attempting to limit the tests to a small group of students for the first year of testing.
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Bobby Jindal speaks against Common Core at CPAC

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told a crowd of his constituents at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) what he believes their priorities should be going forward. Repealing Common Core Standards was among his desired goals for America.
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Former teachers union lobbyist embraces school choice for his daughter

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RALEIGH – Brian Lewis used to fight school vouchers. He was the chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state teachers union. Vouchers threaten teachers unions’ power by diffusing children and education authority more broadly among parents and schools.
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Fewer Wisconsin school district unions recertify

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MADISON, Wis. – Only 305 Wisconsin school districts’ unions sought recertification this November, dropping from 408 that did the year before. Additionally, state employees voted to decertify 25 school district unions.
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WV school district ‘harassing’ parents with unending phone calls as homeschooling surges

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RITCHIE COUNTY, W.V. – Homeschooling families in Ritchie County, West Virginia have been subjected to a barrage of phone calls from the local school district intended to convince them to reenroll their children in public schools. Some parents considered the calls harassment. Despite apologies from the school superintendent by phone, the calls continued.
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