Experts say new education committee chairs and state chiefs have a steep learning curve this year as they write their accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A House bill would take from the state board its ability to establish some statewide standards, craft an accountability system, and identify schools in need of improvement.

Republican control of state legislatures and deficits caused by decreased sales tax revenue has led many states consider making major changes to their K-12 funding formulas.

States are wrestling with several key issues this session including accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act that can prove pivotal in the coming years.

State education departments are required under the Every Student Succeeds Act to conduct "meaningful consultation" with their state legislatures and governors, and that's just begun in many states.

New Hampshire's education commissioner nominee Frank Edelblut, a businessman, Republican and school choice proponent, has been criticized throughout the state for his lack of education experience.

Gov. Christie has pushed to flatten the state's funding formula so that the state's impoverished urban districts would get the same amount of money wealthy suburban districts get.

The state's Republicans have pushed back against raising taxes in order to increase teachers' pay, as the state's supreme court ordered the state to do in 2012.

In response to a 2006 lawsuit, the state built a new funding formula, but critics say lawmakers haven't increased the amount of money the court deemed necessary for schools to meet basic standards.

In response to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric, several California districts have taken extra measures to protect the status of their immigrant students.

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