For the last five years, Amundson has led the National Association of State Boards of Education amid dramatic changes in the role those boards play in setting education policy.
The state's elected superintendent and the governor-appointed state board have been in a legal dispute since 2016 over who should oversee the many tasks of the education department.
The supreme court put an end to five years of legal wrangling that landed the state's public school system with millions more dollars from the state and teachers with a pay raise.
The state's role in education, the expansion of charter schools, and school funding were factors as voters advanced the top two vote-getters for state schools chief and governor to this fall's general election.
Ambach helped usher in an ambitious school accountability system in New York and later, as the executive director of CCSSO, advocated for raised standards and strict accountability.
Gov. Erik Greitens has resigned and the board doesn't have enough governor-appointed members to form a quorum. Important tasks have been piling up.
Michael Kirst will be stepping down from his job as president of the California School Board when Gov. Jerry Brown's tenure is over, Kirst announced this week. Kirst, who is an emeritus professor education and business administration at Stanford University, was first appointed to the state board back in 1975, during Brown's first term as the Golden State governor. He has advised Brown on education policy for 44 years. "Governor Brown and I have enjoyed a unique and rare working relationship," Brown said in a statement. "We'll have a new governor in 2019, and I will not share that same ...
In Tuesday night's Republican primary in West Virginia, Robert Karnes, a West Virginia Republican state senator who lashed out at teachers during their nine-day strike, lost to pro-labor candidate Bill Hamilton.
Brian Whiston, who was hired in 2015, set ambitious goals for the state and helped create its accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
As state legislatures continue to wrap up business for the year, the Data Quality Campaign and EdChoice take a look at how data and school choice issues were faring among lawmakers.