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What To Expect From A Pre-K Expansion This Legislative Session

When the General Assembly convenes for the 2017 legislative session, expanding state funded pre-K will be a top priority. Legislative leaders have already said they are motivated to expand the pilot program, On My Way Pre-K, which provides tuition scholarships to a limited number of low-income 4-year-olds – 1,792 are enrolled this year. There are still questions about how far the expansion will […]

ISTEP Panel Finishes Broad Plan To Submit To Legislature

The state’s ISTEP panel concluded its meetings Tuesday with a broad set of recommendations. Chair Nicole Fama will compile what was said for a recommendation to the legislature. The panel will vote on that recommendation at its final meeting, Nov. 29. The 2016 General Assembly voted to stop using the current ISTEP+ format at the end of […]

State Charter School Loan Program Awards Last Grants

The State Board of Education wrapped up its two-year charter school loan program last week. But in that program’s final round, only five charter schools applied. The 2015 General Assembly created the program, allocating $50 million in loans to give to charter schools over two years. In the first year of the program, charter schools […]

Controversial Teacher Pay Bill Killed In Senate, Done For Session

The House killed a bill Thursday that would have allowed superintendents to increase pay for teachers outside of the traditional collective bargaining process with a teacher’s union. The controversial SB 10 aimed to help school superintendents attract and retain teachers by allowing them to increase teacher pay at their own discretion and outside of the collective […]

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