Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island's education commissioner, has made the 2010 Time 100 list.
State lawmakers also seek to require at least 180 instructional days for students.
A bill that would make tenure harder to obtain and keep will receive its first vote by lawmakers today in Denver.
Meanwhile, GOP governors in three other states incur wrath of teachers' unions.
ConnCAN steps up the pressure on Connecticut lawmakers to enact legislation the reform group says will bolster the state's competitiveness for round two of Race to the Top.
Turnaround efforts at two Chicago schools and Locke High School in Los Angeles are featured.
Debate rages over whether the Florida governor's bid for the U.S. Senate will be helped or harmed by his veto of controversial teacher tenure legislation.
The National Governors Association will lead the effort to improve early childhood education policies and programs in the states.
From guest blogger Catherine Gewertz: Susan A. Gendron, Maine's commissioner of education is leaving her job. Word is that she's going to help lead one of the groups, or "consortia," of states that have formed to get Race to the Top money to design new assessment systems. The news left one state lawmaker lamenting that Gendron wouldn't be around to help the state win money in the second round of the main (no pun intended) Race to the Top competition. She's also led a move there to consolidate school districts, and some regretted that she was leaving that work as ...
Mississippi and Kentucky have charter school legislation pending, but neither state is a lock to approve a new law.