State news roundup for December 21, 2013

This week we ask whether schools should be closed on Election Day in Connecticut, discuss rural schools in Wisconsin, rushed ed reforms in Ohio and the educator COLA in Washington’s 2014 budget.

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Student loan interest increase averted, rural ed funding preserved

by Mary Ellen Flannery/photo courtesy of Campus Progress A bipartisan agreement to freeze student-loan interest rates passed Congress today, June 29, after more than 50,000 NEA educators, parents, and students reached out to their lawmakers via NEA’s Legislative Action Center. Without action, interest rates on some federal student loans would have doubled Sunday from 3.4 … Continued