Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Paul Sagan recently donated $100,000 to a campaign to expand charter schools in the state.
A judge said the state's funding formula, teacher evaluation system, standards and special education services were all inadequate and gave the legislature six months to come up with reforms.
During a lively press conference, Republican Gov. Chris Christie promoted his new funding formula proposal, signed several bills, and lambasted the state's teachers union.
With David Hespe's resignation, announced Friday, New Jersey has had five education commissioners in the last seven years.
Teachers opposed the plan because they said it was an effort to kill a ballot measure that would provide $5,000 pay raises and that the state wouldn't be able to afford their salaries in future years.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says having students return to school after Labor Day will benefit the state's resort industry, but opponents say it should be a local decision.
Teachers in the state have complained that Michael Sentance, who worked for the U.S. Department of Education for several years, lacks classroom experience.
South Carolina violated federal maintenance of financial support requirements, which ban states from decreasing the amount they set aside for students with disabilities from one year to the next.
Voters will be asked this November whether to boost tobacco taxes by 60 cent-per-pack to help expand the state's early-childhood services.
The state's new division for charter schools will help oversee the reauthorization process, and provide charter schools with fiscal and academic oversight.