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Georgia's prekindergarten program faced several cuts in 2011-12, including a shorter school year and increased class size. State lawmakers have gradually restored some of the program's funding since then.

Lowery, who has served as Maryland's state education commissioner since 2012, oversaw the state's Race to the Top grant and its transition to the Common Core State Standards.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says it's filing a lawsuit challenging the state's new school voucher-like program also known as education savings accounts.

The education-chief hopefuls include both in-state and out-of-state educators, and the list could soon be whittled down further.

A report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the current trend in most states is toward greater state control, but there's no one best way to govern.

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools asserts that state takeovers and state-run achievement districts increase segregation and dismantle community schools.

As public school enrollment falls, the state of Vermont is urging school districts to consider mergers.

Federal law requires each school to test at least 95 percent of its students or else the district or state could face sanctions, some as severe as losing Title I money for low-income students.

Lawmakers drafted emergency legislation to allow about 5,000 students to graduate even though they lost their last chance to take the state-required exit exam.

Advocates have plans to push more state legislatures to pass laws requiring high schoolers to pass a citizenship test in order to graduate in coming years.

In his suit, House Speaker Mark Eves said that Gov. Paul LePage acted out of "personal rage, vindictiveness and partisan malice" by threatening a non-profit group with the loss of funds if they made him its president.

School funding has been a contentious issue in Washington state since 2012, when the state Supreme Court ruled that the state was not meeting its constitutional duty with respect to K-12 spending.

It's the third year that New York state students have taken tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

If you thought state education budgets were safe once lawmakers shut down their regular legislative sessions, think again.

A group of 35 principals from the southern Wisconsin area wrote to Gov. Scott Walker arguing that in the current policy and political climate, districts simply don't have enough power.

Ritz announced she was pulling out of the race in order to focus on a bid for a second term as state superintendent. Indiana's gubernatorial election is next year.

To be considered ready for credit-bearing college work, students should score at levels 3 or 4, but the state school board set a different minimum score to earn a diploma.

"Disciplinary actions that take students out of the classroom can make it more difficult for them to stay on track to graduate," a Regional Education Laboratory report stated.

Fed up with what they see as policies from state and national lawmakers that bog teachers down, a group of districts in Ohio have formed a network to push for greater local control.

In her appeal of a court ruling, state Superintendent Diane Douglas accused state board staff of running a "shadow administration" within Arizona's education apparatus.

Seeking an upper hand in a crowded GOP presidential election field, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for an uppercut to his old political foe.


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