New Mexico, along with several other states, has suffered from the dip in oil prices, forcing budget cuts to areas including education in recent years.

The Conservative Leaders for Education, which advocates for high academic standards, local control and school choice under ESSA, brought aboard five new state leaders last week.

At least 35 states provided districts received less overall state funding for education in 2014 than in 2008, before the recession hit housing prices, sending down waves of state and local budget cuts to school districts.

New York and Pennsylvania both said, based on community feedback, that they will look to reduce testing, diversify school accountability systems, and improve professional development for teachers.

Shawn Sheehan, a math teacher, decided to join more than 40 teachers running for state office in the 2016 elections after serving as that state's Teacher of the Year.

Oklahoma high school student Cassidy Coffey, upset by school budget cuts, used social media to organize a demonstration where more than 1,000 students walked out of school.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, a former U.S. Senator and Governor, worries that education at all levels is getting short-changed and that the nation is the worse for it.

The court gave the legislature another session to come up with a way to pay a larger portion of teachers' salaries, a mandate they first asked the state to do in 2012.

A group of Oklahoma teachers, fired up over budget cuts and an array of other recently passed laws, decided to run for office last spring.

Voters in Maine this year will decide whether to increase the tax on households bringing in more than $200,000 a year, a measure Gov. LePage describes as "scary."

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