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Booker Brings Education Ideas to NJ Senate Race

News from ABC News: Newark Mayor Cory Booker has seen the urgent need to fix the city’s failing public schools. Now that he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate, he sees the same urgency in urban areas throughout the state. The Ivy League-educated mayor has clashed with the teachers unions for his support of merit pay [...]

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Senate committee approves bill updating federal education law

News from Washington Post: On a party line vote, a Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to update the country’s main federal education law by erasing some of its most punitive aspects. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted 12 to 10 on the bill filed by chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), with [...]

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Texas Senate OKs $94.6 billion budget; deal reached on education

News from Dallas Morning News: AUSTIN — The Texas Senate passed a $ 94.6 billion budget, top policymakers reached overhauling public education and Gov. Rick Perry received a bill requiring drug screening for unemployment benefits on Saturday, as the Texas Legislature worked to wrap up regular business before the end of the 83rd Legislative session. [...]

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Bill expanding sex-education gets initial approval from Senate, sparks debates …

News from The Denver Channel: DENVER – A bill expanding sex-education standards won initial approval in the state Senate Friday, sparking debates about abstinence, teen sex and more. House Bill 1081 would require parents to opt students out of sex-education instead of opting in, as is current law, according to the Denver Post. The bill [...]

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Texas Senate education panel studies new high school graduation requirements

News from Dallas Morning News: AUSTIN — The minimum high school diploma in Texas would be scrapped and all high school students would choose from four new graduation plans under a bill pitched Tuesday to the Senate Education Committee. All students would be required to get at least 26 credits to graduate, and many students [...]

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Mo. Senate candidates differ on federal government’s role in student loans …

News from The Republic: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Politicians at every level of government talk about the importance of providing a quality education to children. Yet there are differences in how exactly to do that. In Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin disagree in many regards about education. [...]

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Conn. Senate approves education overhaul

News from Boston.com: HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut senators approved a series of education proposals Tuesday morning that were championed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who hours earlier announced an agreement with legislative leaders on plans for changes that include helping low-performing schools and culling ineffective teachers from the classroom. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 28-7 mostly along party [...]

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Education bills’ pace may slow as they reach Senate

News from NOLA.com: Baton Rouge — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education bills have been sprinting through the Louisiana Legislature so far, but they could be headed for a slowdown as they approach the final stretch. A day after the House passed amended versions of the two key bills in the governor’s package during a marathon session, [...]

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Senate budget writers agree: No education cuts

News from The Seattle Times: OLYMPIA, Wash. — Top budget writers in the Senate are now in agreement that the state’s spending can be balanced without cutting education, as a Republican-led coalition touted its vision Thursday to overhaul pension rules. Senate and House budget writers have been unable to broker a final budget agreement, and [...]

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Education a focus in Senate this week

News from Richmond Register: Frankfort — FRANKFORT — The Senate passed several bills this week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance. Many students feel bored with the pace of high school during their senior year.  Senate Bill 86, passed with bipartisan support, helps focus our students on the higher challenges required [...]

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