Teachers in Indiana and Idaho line up against Republican-backed education proposals, but a Wisconsin union comes forward with its own proposal to overhaul teacher pay and evaluation.
Robert Sommers is Ohio governor John Kasich's new education adviser.
Two governors of big states, Rick Scott and Andrew Cuomo, call for substantial cuts to K-12 spending, arguing that government has to get leaner.
States looking to save money should move cautiously in encouraging school and districts consolidation, says a report published by the National Education Policy Center.
Michael L. Williams, a former U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights official, is running to replace U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Faced with grim budget prospects over the coming years, some states are looking to overhaul how they spend money on education.
Ohio and New Jersey are considering major pension cuts, and legislation on that issue seems likely to emerge in Florida, too.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, following up on a campaign pledge, has proposed cutting his state's preschool program, arguing that it should be replaced with a need-based system.
Members of Oklahoma's board of education clash with the newly elected state schools chief, Janet Barresi.
A proposal in Indiana, backed by top state elected officials, would allow high school seniors who graduate early to use a portion of per-pupil state aid for college.