The state's board will have to tackle a teacher shortage, uproar over the state's growing charter sector and frustration among many advocates over the way the state assesses its schools.
Buoyed by budget surpluses and prodded by teacher activism and legal challenges, legislators and governors are gearing up to tackle long-outdated K-12 funding formulas.
State Superintendent Steve Canavero resigned just two weeks before the state's legislative session was to begin, with more than 80 education-related proposals, including a new funding formula, is on the agenda.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham named education professors Karen Trujillo as secretary of public education and picked Pedro Noguera as a special education advisor.
Lots of districts will get more state money this year, but superintendents say there are lots of things they have to pay for before they consider teacher raises.
Tennessee has struggled to administer its statewide exam, improve its worse-performing schools and get its new accountability system off the ground.
With multi-million dollar surpluses, several governors and public school advocates are at odds over what to do with new money this year. Teachers want pay raises and governors want to save for the next recession.
After Rhode Island released test scores comparing its students to those in Massachusetts', political havoc ensued. Governance, standards, curriculum are all on the table, policymakers say.
Republican legislators last month replaced the state's accountability system with a new one amid debate over the powers of the governor. The state education department says it's not ESSA-compliant.
The legislative session hasn't even started and yet efforts to replace funding formulas are already starting to unravel as states realize they don't have the political capital to raise taxes.