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November 07, 2018

Wisconsin Chief Tony Evers Upsets Incumbent Scott Walker in Governor's Race

The contest had been close from the start, with Evers campaigning on a promise to restore respect for the state's teachers and financially bail out its school system.

July 23, 2018

New Mexico School Finance Ruling Throws Wrench Into Gubernatorial Race

New Mexico is one of many states this year where candidates for state office are at odds over how the state should provide schools with more money.

May 10, 2018

Michael Kirst Stepping Down as President of California State Board

Michael Kirst will be stepping down from his job as president of the California School Board when Gov. Jerry Brown's tenure is over, Kirst announced this week. Kirst, who is an emeritus professor education and business administration at Stanford University, was first appointed to the state board b...

January 03, 2018

Educators, Advocates Chase Political Office in Several States

In Arkansas, Ohio, and Wisconsin, educators and advocates will be on this year's ballot for governor, a position that will inevitably have an outsized role in shaping education policy.

November 28, 2017

Fighting to Close Budget Hole, Oklahoma Again Debates Teacher Pay, Consolidation

Oklahoma's school spending habits have long been the focus of political battles, and the legislature will soon enter a third special session to debate its budget.

November 08, 2017

What Democratic Victories in Virginia and New Jersey Mean for K-12 Policy

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has said he would further restrict that state's charter laws, and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has promised to pull the state out of the PARCC testing consortium.

April 14, 2017

Education is 'High Priority,' Says New Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

Just days after Robert Bentley's resignation, his replacement, Gov. Kay Ivey, showed up at the state's board meeting Thursday to say, "education is the foundation for economic development."

January 12, 2017

Wisconsin Gov. Walker: 'I Love Public Schools'

In his state-of-the-state address Gov. Scott Walker touted his love of public schools and pledged to increase spending on technology for rural schools in its biennial budget.

October 05, 2016

Maine Gov. LePage Wants Locals to Pay More Education Costs

Voters in Maine this year will decide whether to increase the tax on households bringing in more than $200,000 a year, a measure Gov. LePage describes as "scary."

October 04, 2016

Kansas Governor: State Would Have to Raise Taxes if It Loses Supreme Court Case

Kansas' Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012 and 2013 instituted severe income tax cuts, sending a wave of revenue shortfalls and subsequent budget cuts throughout the state. Now the resulting shortfall bodes poorly for a state embroiled in a school funding fight.

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