Americans’ Long List for Congress Spans Education to Income

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a new Congress takes office Thursday amid a partial government shutdown, most Americans see quite a few key issues as important for Congress and the White House to tackle this year. While education, healthcare and the economy once again rank as their top three priorities, majorities of U.S. adults also desire to see leaders tackle a host of pressing issues such as immigration, gun policy, the nation’s infrastructure and the distribution of income and wealth across the nation. While most of the priorities remained stable, those…

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Governor seeks change for New Mexico education

SANTA FE, N.M.  The Latest on the inauguration of a newly elected Democratic governor in New Mexico (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Newly inaugurated New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging greater state spending on education, higher pay for low-income workers and a shift toward renewable energy production in here first public speech as governor. In her inaugural address on Tuesday, the Democratic governor urged New Mexico residents to reimagine the state’s future and tap into multibillion-dollar state savings to expand early childhood education. Your All Access subscription is…

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California education issues to watch in 2019 — and predictions of what will happen

Welcome, readers, to the new year. It’s time for our favorite armchair exercise: predictions for the year in education. The Greeks asked Tiresias, the blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, for their advice. Last year, I consulted Dewey, my rescue dog with cataracts; his visions proved to be as cloudy as his eyesight. No treats for him. I’m back to going solo. (More on how we fared at the end of the column.) There’s a wild card this year: Gavin Newsom. Gov. Jerry Brown, while sometimes mystical, proved to be true to his…

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Euphemism watch: ‘Education savings accounts’ law means school vouchers

A forecast of school legislation in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning included the almost-certain return of expanded school voucher legislation in Arkansas, though it was placed under the comforting umbrella of euphemistic “school choice” legislation and further described euphemistically as “education savings accounts.” Walton-fortune-backed forces, led by Bentonville Republican Jim Dotson and including well-paid lobbyists, almost passed voucher legislation in 2017. It had two prongs — “education savings accounts” in which families could receive a tax credit for putting money into accounts to pay for private school education and “education scholarships” in which any…

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State and federal education report card delayed again

Alabama education officials again delayed the release of the state’s unified report card, due in part to technical problems with the website but also to ensure the data is accurate, according to Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey. “It’s better for data to be a day or two late than to be wrong,” Mackey told AL.com Monday evening. “It should be up Wednesday by noon.” This is the third delay of the release, planned initially for Dec. 21, then moved to Dec. 28, and again to Dec. 31, the federal deadline, which Alabama has…

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