Margie Vandeven, the state education chief, is appointed by an appointed board, which is still split on whether to fire Vandeven.

The state's supreme court ruled that it is not its role to tell the legislature how to spend its money, ending a 24-year school-funding battle.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the state needs to boost its K-12 spending but the legislature has dragged its feet, and the court is demanding action.

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has said he would further restrict that state's charter laws, and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has promised to pull the state out of the PARCC testing consortium.

Don Kirkegaard, a district superintendent and member of the state board of education, replaces Melody Schopp who retired last month shortly after turning in the state's ESSA plan.

Education policy analysts are closely watching Tuesday's races for governor and state legislature in both states to see what messages about K-12 could resonate when many more states hold elections next year.

In Connecticut, Mississippi and Washington, court decisions and pending rulings have roiled the budget process and led to local K-12 funding cuts.

AdvancED, the national accreditation company, has for the last two years operated Wyoming's entire accreditation process but the state will now do the work on its own.

A Kansas teacher-turned-politician says Democratic teachers are ready-made to gather moderate Republican votes and advocate for their positions in statehouses.

Steven Staples' announcement after more than three years in office comes at the tail end of a heated gubernatorial race and shortly before the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan is to go into effect.

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