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Gov. Sam Brownback said he is meeting with his lawyers and legislatures to figure out a way to provide the state's impoverished school districts with more money.

Some of the nation's top education lobbying groups have united to guard against federal intrusion while implementing teacher and accountability systems under the new law.

Student readiness for technology may be the biggest factor in explaining the score discrepancies between the online and paper version of Maryland's statewide test.

At the National Governors Association meeting Sunday, the head of the Senate education committee told governors that ESSA gives them wide latitude to shape their own education policies.

Washington is among a handful of states where advocates are using the teacher shortage crisis to push forward their policy agendas.

At least 31 states got new education chiefs last year, according to Achieve, and there were 95 new state school board members in 33 states.

Gov. Jon Bel Edwards announced last week that he'd dropped the lawsuit, only to have the state's attorney general claim the lawsuit wasn't the governor's to drop.

Kansas' highest court deemed the state's block-grant funding formula, adopted in the wake of an earlier court ruling, inequitable and in violation of the state's constitution.

After Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said he would drop the controversial, and expensive, lawsuit, the state's attorney general said it's not the governor's to drop.

The state has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the lawsuit, which argued the federal government illegally pressured state leaders into adopting the Common Core State Standards.

Mike Hanley, the state schools chief since 2011, has come under fire for his department's rollout of the state exam.

Suffering from a statewide teacher shortage, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed in his State of the State address to tie school funding to teacher salaries.

Many states rely too heavily on standardized testing, open their doors too easily to charters and vouchers, and fall short in supporting teachers, the Network for Public Education says.

Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing that the state raise cigarette and online sales taxes to provide teachers with a $3,000 pay raise next year, and that it consolidate school districts.


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