Chris Gregoire is the next chair of the National Governors Association, a visible policy organization in Washington. She replaces Joe Manchin, who's on his way to the U.S. Senate.

A number of Ohio school districts have dropped out of the state's Race to the Top plan, citing concerns about cost.

Rick Perry, who refused to have his state apply for Race to the Top, is a contender to become the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval appears to be considering asking school district to turn over construction money to the cash-strapped state.

Clear majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents favor changing teacher tenure. They're less enthused about merit pay for teachers, based on test scores.

States are coping with dire budget conditions for schools in a variety of ways, which include forming study commissions to examine potential cuts.

California's school-funding system needs to be simpler and devote more resources to districts that have more English-language learners and special needs students, a report argues.

A Maryland legislative committee votes to reject a regulation that ties teacher evaluation to student peformance, saying it goes beyond state law.

Florida's state government and local districts will have to meet class-size limits, after a ballot amendment to loosen those restrictions fails.

Florida's Republican-dominated legislature isn't likely to try to override Charlie Crist's veto of a controversial teacher merit-pay bill.


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