Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/18 2014

Education chief: Testing critics don’t have plan
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Continued efforts to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating “a state of chaos” for public school teachers, Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday. Gov. Bobby Jindal supports legislation that would jettison Louisiana’s use of standardized testing from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, a consortium of states that developed the tests.

Indiana faces deadline on new education standards
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.

Okla. House Democrats call for education funding
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma educators stood with state House Democrats on Wednesday and renewed their call for a school funding hike, keeping the spotlight on an issue that brought thousands of demonstrators to the Capitol building two weeks ago.

Del. school board eyes charter school issues
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Charter schools promise to be a major topic of discussion at this month’s meeting of Delaware’s state board of education. Action items for Thursday’s school board meeting in Dover include several new charter school applications, a request for modification of an existing charter and decisions on formal reviews of three existing schools.

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