Top Stories From Around The Country for 3/28

Arizona school voucher change approved
PHOENIX (AP) — Proponents of Arizona’s school voucher program say a bill approved by a House of Representatives committee Wednesday would make it easier for parents of special needs students to access additional funding.

Kansas Senate GOP unveils schools plan
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas school districts could impose additional property taxes with local voters’ approval to supplement their state funding under a plan outlined Wednesday by Republican leaders in the state Senate.

Senate panel approves school voucher bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee advanced in the Senate on Wednesday, even though lawmakers still have to work out differences in eligibility requirements before the measure eventually heads to his desk.

New curriculum may be too complicated
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texas lawmakers complained Wednesday that sweeping new high school curriculum and standardized testing rules were too complicated for even those who approved them to understand — much less students, parents or academic counselors

Tenn. Teachers’ Union Takes Evaluation Fight Into the Courtroom
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — At a time when teachers’ unions are pushing back on newly redesigned evaluation systems, the debates are starting to find their way into the courts. The latest action comes in Tennessee, where the state union filed a federal lawsuit March 21 calling the portion of the state’s teacher-evaluation system based on test scores arbitrary, flawed, and in violation of teachers’ constitutional rights. Last year, a Florida union also sued over that state’s system.

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