Only one state this year heeded the call made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address for states to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18. One reason may be that states are too preoccupied with significant education policy issues to focus attention on the compulsory age.

A spokesman for the New Mexico education department said he mistakenly used his personal email account to send information about teachers not covered by collective bargaining contracts to an official with GOP Gov. Susana Martinez's political campaign, but state Democrats are alleging dirty tricks.

Ohio lawmakers appear to have struck a deal on a package of education legislation pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich that includes a deal on a school grading system crucial to the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Director Gene Wilhoit announced June 13 that he will retire once the organization finds a replacement for him. Wilhoit had served as the CCSSO since November 2006.

A ballot referendum fight in Idaho features state superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter against the Idaho Education Association over the faate of new laws related to merit pay and collective bargaining rights.

Graduation rates for the 2007 cohort of New York State high school students rose slightly, the state department reported on June 11, but significant achievement gaps exist between minorities and whites, urban/suburban and low-need schools, and between schools in "large cities" and others.

On June 8, the Texas Education Agency released results from five new end-of course tests in algebra, biology, world history, reading, and writing.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said his department would welcome Vermont back to the negotiating table after the state dropped its NCLB waiver application; Kentucky's education commissioner Terry Holliday gets a new contract; and a Louisiana teachers' union files two lawsuits challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new education overhaul.

In a statement after his victory in the recall election June 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he was looking forward to addressing "education reform" at a cabinent meeting he hoped to convene the next day.

Oregon superintendent of schools Susan Castillo announced Monday June 4 that she would resign from her position at the end of the month, about a week after the state's governor appointed Rudy Crew as Oregon's new "chief education officer."


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