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Subject: June 6: Two more states pull out of Common Core
Date: Fri Jun 06 14:34:42 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 6, 2014

Two more states pull out of Common Core
The Washington Post
Two Republican governors, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, have just signed laws pulling their states out of the Common Core State Standards initiative amid growing anti-Core sentiment around the country.
NCSL research on Common Core.
Virginia DMV puts brakes on Lyft, Uber
The Virginian Pilot
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease-and-desist orders Thursday to Lyft and Uber, telling the two taxi-like services they must stop operating in violation of state law or face fines against their drivers.

Florida sues feds for access to VA hospitals
Tampa Bay Times
At the behest of Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration sued the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday so its inspectors can gain access to Florida's veterans hospitals.

Judge says Alaska ballots must be in Native languages
Anchorage Daily News
A federal judge on Wednesday overruled state election officials and said the constitutional right to vote requires Alaska to translate all election materials into Native languages for voters with limited English skills.

Kansas OKs hiring teachers without education degree
Lawrence Journal-World
The State Board of Education has approved regulations that would allow schools to hire teachers in certain subject areas who don't have education degrees but bring subject expertise to the classroom.

Downsizing government popular topic but rarely happens
Shrinking government, as has been proposed in Pennsylvania, appears to be a popular topic of conversation in states nationwide, but rarely does the downsizing actually occur, according to national associations that monitor this activity. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on number of legislators and terms.
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Appropriations and white potatoes
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