Public schools in the District of Columbia and North Dakota poised to get more students, while student populations in New Hampshire and Connecticut are predicted to shrink over the next decade.

The state's school funding formula, teacher pay, school choice and the rights of transgender students all are on the agenda as the Texas legislature meets for 30-day special session.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a radio interview that his office is trying to figure out whether state Superintendent John White must be reappointed by the state senate.

Kansas' supreme court judges will decide in the coming weeks whether the state legislature's new funding formula provides enough money to help more of its public students meet basic academic standards.

California's education department wants to define "ineffective teachers" under the Every Student Succeeds Act as those who are improperly assigned or don't have full credentials.

While districts have more flexibility to set teacher pay, Washington's education department will more heavily scrutinize district spending to assure that it aligns with the state legislature's priorities.

If the new funding formula passes muster with the state's supreme court, Kansas schools will soon get $285 million more in state aid, but with new strings attached.

In Illinois, Maine, and Washington, the new fiscal year dawned with K-12 spending caught in the crossfire between feuding legislators and governors.

Knowing school-by-school spending would be a boon for parent groups, civil rights activists say, but state officials say its tough to figure a dollar amount for thousands of schools.

Mitchell Chester led one of the academically highest-performing states through adoption of common-core standards, ambitious school turnaround efforts, and adoption of a state-designed standardized test.

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