Top Stories From Around The Country

Acquisition fuels K-12 market speculation
The education technology market has been heating up, spurred recently by the announcement that Renaissance Learning Inc., a K-12 assessment- and learning-analytics company, will be acquired by a private-equity company for $1.1 billion, making the deal one of the largest acquisitions ever in the ed-tech arena.

Washington State Could Prove Test Case on Waiver Consequences
What would happen if a state that’s received flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act gets its waiver yanked and has to revert to requirements—and penalties—of the outdated, much-maligned law? Washington state may provide the U.S. Department of Education and its NCLB waiver system with a first test case.

As demand for teachers grows, so do salaries
HOUSTON (AP) — After years of struggling not to lay teachers off, Texas public school districts suddenly are competing to hire new ones — with some Houston area districts boosting starting salaries to $50,000.

Arizona court lets stand ruling on voucher program
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand lower courts’ rulings that a state voucher program to provide grants to parents of students with disabilities is constitutional.

Kansas House speaker seeks new school bill
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick is promising a new measure to fund public schools but without language to expand the state’s charter school laws that was included in a version introduced late Thursday.

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