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STATE of the STATES Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country. ARIZONA GOV. JANICE K. BREWER (R) * JAN. 13 In her fifth State of the State address, Gov. Brewer introduced policy proposals that include her bid to revive a plan she unveiled last year to overhaul the K-12 formula for state aid. Saying she wants to reward "innovation and measured outcomes," Ms. Brewer said she would push for legislative approval of "Student Success Funding," which calls for assigning dollar amounts to individual students based on their performance and improvement on Arizona's achievement tests. School districts and charter schools would receive more money for students who perform well on the tests and demonstrate the most growth. The governor also called for new policies to stabilize tuition increases at Arizona's public colleges and universities. GEORGIA GOV. NATHAN DEAL (R) * JAN. 15 Gov. Deal told lawmakers that he would push for more education funding during the next year so that districts can restore instructional days, end furloughs of teachers, and boost educators' salaries-steps that he believes will help them rebound from years of economic pain. The governor, who is up for re-election this year, has been criticized by political opponents who accuse him of having not done enough to help districts stave off recession-driven budget cuts. But Mr. Deal said he had protected districts from deep cuts through the state's funding formula, while keeping taxes in check. His spending plan released Jan. 15 would increase K-12 funding by more than $540 million, to nearly $8 billion, in fiscal 2015. "These funds will provide our local school -LESLI A. MAXWELL systems with the resources and flexibility to address the most-critical needs of their students and teachers," Mr. Deal said. INDIANA GOV. MIKE PENCE (R) * JAN. 15 Gov. Pence offered state lawmakers perhaps his strongest indication yet that he wants Indiana to drop entirely out of the Common Core State Standards initiative. "Hoosiers have high expectations when it comes to Indiana schools," he said in his State of the State speech. "That's why Indiana decided to take a timeout on national education standards. When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana's will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and will be among the best in the nation." Last year, legislators passed a law "pausing" common-core implementation. Gov. Pence also used his speech to call for vouchers for prekindergarten, an expansion of charter schools, and incentives for teachers to move to low-performing schools. KANSAS GOV. SAM BROWNBACK (R) * JAN. 15 Gov. Brownback used his speech to state lawmakers to call for full-day kindergarten at every public school in the Sunflower State. Currently, the state funds half-day kindergarten, and districts kick in local funds to support full-day kindergarten if they want to offer it. The governor has supported a proposal that would increase state funding levels by annual increments of $16 million over five years so that the state could gradually assume the full-day kindergarten costs. The governor also singled out the state's Supreme Court justices, who were expected to rule soon on a lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in additional state school funding and were seated in the audience. "Let us resolve that our schools remain open and are not closed by the courts or anyone else," Gov. Brownback said. KENTUCKY GOV. STEVE BESHEAR (D) * JAN. 7 -SEAN CAVANAGH Gov. Beshear used his State of the State speech to renew his call for an expansion of gambling to, in part, increase funding for schools. He recounted the success Kentucky has had in adopting the common-core standards, raising graduation rates, and expanding early education. But he said that momentum will stall without more revenue for schools. He also is pushing legislation to "provide for more accountability and better transparency throughout our state's early-child-care system." -M.M. NEBRASKA GOV. DAVE HEINEMAN (R) * JAN. 15 -MICHELE McNEIL Gov. Heineman used part of his speech to blast the federal Affordable Care Act, saying its mandatory provisions will cost the state $200 million that could have been used for schools. The federal health-care law also provides states with federal money to cover most of the cost of an expansion of Medicaid for low-income people. That part is optional, and some governors-including Gov. Heineman-are saying no because it will cost states some money, especially down the road. Gov. Heineman, who outlined no specific education initiatives, also used his address to criticize the federal government for not fully funding special education. NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R) * JAN. 14 -EVIE BLAD Gov. Christie gave a State of the State address that put key K-12 education changes at the top of his 2014 to-do list. The Republican chief executive's highestprofile education plan is to lengthen the school year and school day. He said that more time in school is necessary in an increasingly competitive global workplace. "Our school KANSAS: Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, greets lawmakers before his State of the State speech at the Statehouse in Topeka. He promised Kansas legislators that the tax cuts he championed would spur economic growth and pay for various initiatives, including his all-day kindergarten proposal. -M.M. Hoosiers have high expectations when it comes to Indiana schools. That's why Indiana decided to take a timeout on national education standards. ... They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and will be among the best " in the nation." INDIANA GOV. MIKE PENCE 20 | EDUCATION WEEK | January 22, 2014 | Orlin Wagner/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 22, 2014

Education Week - January 22, 2014
50 Years Later, Verdicts Are Mixed On the Nation’s War on Poverty
A K-12 Titan in Congress to Move On
Fla. Pushes Longer Day With More Reading In Struggling Schools
Personal Danger of Data Breaches Prompts Action
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Funds to End For Little Rock Desegregation
Union, District Clash in Pittsburgh Over Teacher Evaluation
Revised GED Ushers in New Era With More Testing Competition
In Five States, Districts Bail Out on Race to the Top Grants
K-12 Publishing, Ed-Tech Markets Experiencing Rising Revenues
Blogs of the Week
Still Segregated After 50 Years: A Visit To Cincinnati’s West End
Among States, Spending Gaps Have Widened
Spending Plan Aims to Relieve Some K-12 ‘Sequester’ Pain
Calif. Transgender Law Takes Effect In Schools, Amid Efforts to Repeal It
State of the States
Wash. Governor Pledges School Aid Boost
BRUCE FULLER: Is Small Beautiful? New York’s tiny high schools lift kids, harden segregation
RUFINA HERNÁNDEZ: A Common Cause for the Common Core
JEFFREY D. WILHELM & MICHAEL W. SMITH: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
XU ZHAO, HELEN HASTE, & ROBERT L. SELMAN: Questionable Lessons From China’s Recent History of Education Reform

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