Advocates fear that, if Florida's waiver request is approved, other states will attempt to break free from the law's intended efforts to close the nation's stagnant achievement gap.

Oklahoma education chief Joy Hoffmeister was charged last year with illegally funneling campaign funds to pay for attack ads against her opponent, then-incumbent superintendent Janet Barresi.

While there's consensus that the school funding formula needs reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner has balked at a provision providing more state money to pay off Chicago's ballooning teachers' pension fund.

The state wants to test its middle school students in the mathematics courses in which they're enrolled, rather than with the state tests created for that each student's particular grade.

Michigan's legislature failed this year to create a statewide A-F accountability system, allowing for the state department to create its own dashboard.

Michael Sentance, who would oversee ESSA implementation as state superintendent, is less than a year into the job and under fire by the state board for his communication and leadership style.

Tony Evers, Wisconsin's outspoken and longstanding education chief, filed paperwork last week to run for governor, a sign that education policy could play a key role in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Public schools in the District of Columbia and North Dakota poised to get more students, while student populations in New Hampshire and Connecticut are predicted to shrink over the next decade.

The state's school funding formula, teacher pay, school choice and the rights of transgender students all are on the agenda as the Texas legislature meets for 30-day special session.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a radio interview that his office is trying to figure out whether state Superintendent John White must be reappointed by the state senate.


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