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March 04, 2015

When Will State Boards of Education Review Their Standards?

While state legislatures have become the focus of anti-common-core politics, state boards have their own role to play.

March 03, 2015

Ark. Governor Wants New K-12 Boss, But State Must First Change Rules

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson,a Republican, wants an ex-legislator to lead the state's public schools, but the governor needs a change to state law first.

February 17, 2015

Hanna Skandera Confirmed as New Mexico K-12 Chief After Four Years in Limbo

Skandera was picked to be the top K-12 official in New Mexico in 2011, but until this week her nomination had stalled even as she performed the duties of the office.

February 17, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Mull Attaching Common-Core Repeal to Budget Bill

Last year, changes to teacher tenure and school choice were tacked onto the state K-12 spending plan. Could the same happen again for a common-core repeal effort this year?

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 04, 2015

Fla. Bill Would Cap Testing, Cut Test Scores' Weight in Evaluations

Florida Sen. John Legg is seeking to reduce standardized testing in Florida and give districts more options for local assessments and how they're used in teacher evaluations.

January 30, 2015

To Keep Washington Out of K-12 Policy, Tenn. Lawmakers Turn to...Washington

The resolution says the federal government is acting like a national school board and asks the GOP-controlled Congress to return K-12 authority to the states.

January 28, 2015

Democrats in Washington State Become First to Officially Oppose Common Core

It's unclear what the state party's resolution will mean for the common core in the Evergreen State, which happens to be the home of prominent common-core supporter Bill Gates.

January 23, 2015

Common Core Flip-Flop Times Two: One Tenn. Senator's Changing Positions

Do the changing positions of one key K-12 policymaker in Tennessee highlight the complicated political environment for the Common Core State Standards in the Volunteer State?

January 21, 2015

Bill to End A-F Accountability Before It Begins Advances in Virginia

The A-F system was a highlight of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's K-12 policy changes, but it was delayed last year, and it could soon be on its way out.

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