Oklahoma's state board of education must fully fund the states' teacher pension system, despite flexibilty lawmakers recently gave the board, the state's Attorney General says.

The education leaders of five states form a new group that will put a premium on "more aggressive" policies such as performance-based evaluation for teachers and principals.

Thirteen states have made mid-year budget cuts to K-12 education so far this fiscal year, a survey of state financial officers finds.

The winners in the federal Race to the Top competition earned low grades for supporting charter schools, according to an advocacy group's rankings.

Ohio, Florida, and other states met a federal deadline to submit Race to the Top plans, with mixed levels of local participation.

The U.S. Department of Education's review will focus not only on the Race to the Top and i-3 programs, but also the Teacher Incentive Fund and other popular programs.

The State Energy Program, funded through the federal stimulus, is one of a number of federal efforts to power schools through cleaner energy.

An education finance journal examines an issue of major financial concern to states: teacher pension and retiree health care costs.

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates tells state education chiefs that during a dismal financial period, they should avoid quick-fix cuts like furloughs, which hurt students.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been named the head of the Republican Governors Association, the AP reports. Perry has had several run-ins with the Obama adminstration over federal education funding.


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