A federal dash for cash, Race to the Top, dominated much of the education news at the state level in 2010. Eleven states, plus D.C., walked away with federal awards.

California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown may not appoint an education secretary, reasoning that the state's board of education and schools superintendent is enough.

Hanna Skandera, who served as an aide to former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been picked as New Mexico's next education secretary, according to a report.

The governor-elect's transition plan calls for an major expansion of vouchers, as well as charter schools and virtual education, and ending tenure for new teacher hires.

Several states are facing major shortfalls in their pension and health care systems, and Republican-sponsored proposal in Congress seeks to make their liabilities more transparent, so that the public understands the bill coming due.

Winners of the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) project are trying to secure local participants in their project. The Success for All Foundation is on the hunt for elementary schools looking to take part in its turnaround project.

Nebraska will draw from Mexico to fill some of its hard-to-staff teaching spots in Spanish language instruction and bilingual education.

An Illinois proposal to limit teachers' rights to strike seems likely to provoke a fight in the state, while the fate of changes to tenure, hiring, and firing is unclear.

Christopher Cerf is named New Jersey's education commissioner, pending legislative confirmation, by Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey's governor has tapped Christopher Cerf, a former New York City schools officials and supporter of charter schools, chers' unions, media outlets are reporting.


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