Breaking with his Republican Party cohorts in a typically deep-red state, Georgia education chief John Barge announced that he was endorsing Democrat Valarie Wilson.
Incumbent GOP Gov. Tom Corbett is facing Democrat Tom Wolf in the race for Pennsylvania governor this year.
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) are facing off in the Texas gubernatorial election this year.
Although he's previously stressed the importance of the common core, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an Oct. 22 debate: "I have nothing to do with common core."
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Oct. 22 that the state will soon begin a public "vetting" of the Common Core State Standards through a state-run website.
The MDC report also highlights case studies of how communities in the South are tackling challenges related to education.
For the first time in about 15 years, Massachusetts lawmakers will formally review the state's landmark Education Reform Act of 1993 to consider significant changes to how school funding works.
The majority of states are funding schools less than the levels reached a half-dozen years ago before the Great Recession caused significant budget cuts.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the state law changing teacher tenure and evaluations approved in 2012 is constitutional, after a challenge by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.
The NEA's increased emphasis on state races continues a 2012 trend set in motion by the rise of new and influential education reform groups, like StudentsFirst