Skandera in recent weeks has faced fierce backlash over the state's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act which kept in place the state's existing accountability plan and teacher evaluations tied to test scores.
The tax hike would in part fund a bill overhauling the state K-12 funding formula, which would help the state answer a Kansas supreme court ruling on school finance.
States including Louisiana and New Mexico are training thousands of teachers in the coming weeks on how to implement their states' accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A federal lawsuit says Mississippi has failed to create an equitable school system as required in its 1868 constitution and as a condition of rejoining the Union.
Hawaii is one of a handful of states where the governor, not the state's superintendent, is in charge of creating the state's Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan.
Some states, such as California, Kentucky and North Dakota plan to use the Every Student Succeeds Act to bolster the decision-making powers of their local school boards in the coming years.
Local superintendents and teachers' unions urge Gov. Rick Scott to veto the budget bill partly because of a provision requiring districts to share locally generated revenue on charter schools' capital projects.
The legislature is at odds over how much more to distribute to its financially and academically struggling public school system to satisfy a state supreme court ruling.
We broke down the draft California and New York plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act using the same categories we've used for states that have formally submitted theirs.
School spending moved to the center of budget fights this week in Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Ohio and other states. Several states face revenue shortfalls this year and must either raise taxes or cut spending.