The state's last superintendent resigned under pressure after he attempted to take over Montgomery's school system and figure out a way to grade the state's schools.
The state's education department is in the process of upending its school governance model, implementing a new accountability system, and considering how to expand charter schools.
Teachers, who have threatened to strike, remain skeptical about the promised raise since Gov. Doug Ducey hasn't described in detail how he'll pay for it and lawmakers still must sign off.
Teachers plan to converge on the state's Capitol this Friday to urge the state's legislature to override the governor's veto, a move that will likely shutter a large portion of the state's schools.
The state's supreme court said last year the state's legislature must come up with more money for its school system by the end of this month. Many predict $534 million won't be enough.
State Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe has been officiating over the state's politically thorny district consolidation process, and many are asking for it to be placed on hold until the state board replaces her.
New York will require some districts next year to have their school-by-school spending amounts approved by the state, an effort to assure that state funds are being distributed as intended.
The state's teachers demanded during an electrifying rally Wednesday that they will strike if the state's political leaders don't provide them with a 20 percent raise this fall.
Thousands who gathered at the state capitol said they want a 20 percent pay increase and a $1 billion investment in public education or else they'll go on strike.
Brian Whiston since 2015 has led the state's education department while it put together its plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act and took control of the state's school takeover district.