California Districts File Claim for Additional Funds to Cover State Testing

Four districts and one county education office in California say the state must provide more financial aid to local K-12 agencies to help them implement state assessments.


Ind. Lawmakers Eye Proposals to Strip Power From Elected K-12 Chief

Arguably the most hostile relationship in state education politics could be fundamentally altered by Indiana legislators' current plans.


Democrats in Washington State Become First to Officially Oppose Common Core

It's unclear what the state party's resolution will mean for the common core in the Evergreen State, which happens to be the home of prominent common-core supporter Bill Gates.


'Adaptive Leadership' Training in Maryland Helps Groom Future Principals

"The assistant principal has to be well-rounded and understand instruction well enough" to prod teachers to foster better results in the classroom, says one official.


States Are Losing Power Over Classroom Materials, and Districts Are Gaining It

The number of states that exert direct control over districts' choice of instructional materials through state funding has dipped from roughly 25 to 18 in recent years.


States' Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Examined in New Report

A recent report from the Education Commission of the States takes a look at how four states are innovatively or effectively tackling the various achievement gaps among students.


Common Core Flip-Flop Times Two: One Tenn. Senator's Changing Positions

Do the changing positions of one key K-12 policymaker in Tennessee highlight the complicated political environment for the Common Core State Standards in the Volunteer State?


In NCLB Waiver Dispute, Texas Tells Feds: Don't Mess With Our Principles

The U.S. Department of Education says the Lone Star State has more than a dozen issue areas to address with its teacher evaluation system.


Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Rice has close ties to Bush's family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009.


New York Gov. Cuomo Ties $1.1 Billion Aid Increase to Sweeping Policy Changes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State speech that, "Our education system needs dramatic reform, and it has for years." What are his plans for K-12 in 2015?


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