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Personnel costs—salaries and benefits—make up a huge portion of school budgets, and they're difficult to cut. At the state level, elected officials are determined to bring down the costs of pensions, in particular.

Bill Honig had been appointed to the California state board of education by new Gov. Jerry Brown, despite a past criminal conviction. Honig withdrew his name on Monday, and was replaced by Ilene Straus, an assistant school superintendent.

Newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown calls for "vast and historic" reductions in state spending, but he pledges to protect K-12 schools.

Federal officials say states will be expected to keep participating unions and school districts on board their Race to the Top plans, and they'll be held to the academic goals they promised to meet.

New California Gov. Jerry Brown is out of gate quickly on school issues, doing away with the state's secretary of education position and making appointments to the state's board of ed—which have drawn criticism.

Newly elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes the creation of a pair of $250 million competitions to reward districts for academic performance and finding cost savings,

A wave of newly elected Republican governors and lawmakers are going to work in state capitols across the country. They're seeking changes to teacher job protections, more school choice, and spending cuts.

Denver Mayor and Colorado governor-in-waiting John Hickenlooper has been named the next chair of the Education Commission of the States.

Jeb Bush talks about his often controversial approach to improving Florida's schools, and his future, which he says includes no immediate plans for a White House bid.


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