New Hampshire will be the first state to try a new approach to measuring student progress — one that relies more on demonstrating competence and less on standardized tests — thanks to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. The pilot program allows four school districts to reduce standardized testing in favor of assessments of multi-day tasks built into a student’s day-to-day work.
The Senate has sent to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert a bill to reinstate the firing squad for carrying out Utah’s death penalty if a drug cocktail necessary for lethal injections is not available at least 30 days before a scheduled execution.
A bill that would prevent Texas cities from requiring landlords to accept federal housing vouchers is focusing attention on a broader effort by Republican state lawmakers to limit the power of local officials. More than a dozen bills have been filed this session to limit cities' capacity to do everything from crack down on payday lenders to restrict the use of plastic bags.
The measure would forbid Colorado mental health therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person under 18.
Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin warns that proposed budget cuts to his office will mean Massachusetts won’t be able to have its 2016 presidential primary on March 1 next year.
Lawmakers are looking at possibly raising the speed limit on interstate highways in South Dakota to 80 mph from 75 mph, which Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office said he was willing to explore as part of a highway funding package.
Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Ohio said their plan could generate $554 million in annual tax revenue once the industry has been established.
Majority Democrats in New York’s Assembly have rejected Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals linking an increase in statewide school aid to an array of changes, including making a teacher evaluation system rely more heavily on state tests, raising the number charter schools and allowing failing schools to be taken over by outside groups.
West Virginia’s new Republican legislative majority is among GOP lawmakers in statehouses nationwide working to weaken organized labor with an array of bills.
A bill that would help set insurance rules for Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies similar to what is required of taxis in Kentucky is headed toward final passage in the House.
The state-record $25 million fine North Carolina’s environmental agency penalizes Duke Energy for years of groundwater contamination.
A legislative audit calls for more oversight on administrative spending by the HMOs hired to manage care for people in public health insurance programs. For decades, Minnesota has hired HMOs to manage care for people with coverage through the state’s Medicaid program, which is called Medical Assistance.
Kansas is home to 441,000 student borrowers owing a total of $10.9 billion in student loan debt, according to data released by the White House. That calculates to an average of $24,787 of debt per borrower.
Just as the Michigan House prepares to vote to end incentives to the film industry, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has stepped in to say he now doesn't think it's prudent to end them all at once.