In several states, education departments' budgets often were not connected to their overall strategies, a Center on Reinventing Public Education report says.
A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.
The list of governors issuing executive orders regarding the common core continues to grow, and so far they are all Republican leaders.
A report from the New America foundation raises the question of whether states are intervening in the rights schools under their NCLB waivers.
Murphy, appointed in 2012 by Gov. Jack Markell, becomes the seventh member of the group that is backed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's K-12 foundation.
Zais pushed for expanded school choice in South Carolina and also expressed consistent opposition to the Common Core State Standards.
Matthew Blomstedt told state board members during his interview that it might make sense to align Nebraska's academic standards with the common core.
The bill had been described by its author, state Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican, as a "starting point" in dealing with the political influence of educators.
The former Arkansas governor said he is dissatisfied with the implementation of the common core and how it has become "hijacked" by other interests.
The proposed bill from a state Republican lawmaker would allow certain institutes of higher education to authorize charter schools in Pennsylvania.