Maryland is one of several states where bills have been proposed that dictate the content of state accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Charter schools, vouchers, and the state's financial support of its traditional public school sector became centerpiece issues in Wisconsin's nonpartisan contest for state schools chief.
States start sending the U.S. Department of Education their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, after plenty of political and logistical challenges.
NASBE is tracking all 50 states' state board meeting minutes to determine how state leaders are voting on state ESSA plans.
The Education Secretary told state board members that "common sense doesn't win out in Washington" and that the Education Department "has created roadblocks for states in the past."
Some state boards of education lost authority in the wake of controversy over the Common Core Standards, but many say ESSA gives them opportunities to flex their muscles.
In some states, advocacy groups and politicians have disagreed with the direction their state superintendents have taken on accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Kansas politicians are at odds over how to address a court ruling last week that mandates more education spending, while not specifying how the state should move forward.
the Council of Chief State School Officers encourages states to incorporate a college and career readiness indicator on their new state accountability systems.
The decision in a long-running K-12 finance case, could create serious difficulties for Kansas lawmakers already pondering how to dig out from a $900 million budget hole.