WA attorney general defends Legislature on McCleary (AP): Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a brief on Friday arguing the Legislature should not be held in contempt of the state Supreme Court regarding its response to the McCleary decision. “The Court should not treat a legitimate policy disagreement in the legislative branch as disrespectful conduct worthy of contempt,” the brief said.
Teacher-tenure fight gains momentum (AP): A California judge’s June ruling on teacher-tenure laws in that state is already having a ripple effect elsewhere in the country. A lawsuit that also claims teacher job protections violate children’s civil rights has been filed in New York, and parent activists in Pennsylvania and Connecticut say they are preparing similar suits.
Republican governors push back on Common Core (AP): Some Republican governors are working to modify the implementation of Common Core in their states, following pressure by conservative activists who argue the new rules represent an intrusion by the federal government. The standards have faced criticism from both the left and right side of the political spectrum.