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May 14, 2015

One Step Closer to a New Accountability System for California Schools?

California is hammering out a new state accountability system to complement its school funding system and local accountability models. What might Golden State accountability look like in the future?

May 05, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Mull Test Reduction and Test-Writing Power for Districts

Such legislation could serve to satisfy testing skeptics or outright opponents from different political camps, without going so far as to defy federal law regarding testing.

May 01, 2015

Golden Rule? N.C. Senate Approves ALEC Model Bill on Gold-Standard Instruction

The bill, modeled on language proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, also requires students to be taught about limited government power.

April 24, 2015

Colorado K-12 Chief Announces Retirement Amid State Board Shift

State board elections in 2014 led to new members and new tension between Commissioner Robert Hammond and board members, including over the common core and aligned tests.

April 24, 2015

Mississippi Veto Shows States' Diverse Political Responses to Common Core

In vetoing a review, Gov. Phil Bryant said he could not let it "become law under the guise that it would lead to the demise of common core."

April 16, 2015

Former Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith Picked as New Illinois Chief

Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

March 30, 2015

Judge Tosses Out Anti-Common-Core Lawsuit from Gov. Jindal, Legislators

On March 30, District Court Judge Tim Kelley dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state school board violated Louisiana law in adopting the common core.

March 26, 2015

Following Swift Change to State Law, Ark. Picks Former Senator as New Chief

Johnny Key, who did not meet earlier prerequisites for the commissioner's job, served in the state legislature from 2003 to 2013 and at one time led the state Senate education committee

March 19, 2015

Mich. Picks Local Superintendent With Lobbying Background as Next State Chief

Brian Whiston, the head of Dearborn public schools, will replace Mike Flanagan, the longest-serving state superintendent in the nation.

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