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November 08, 2016

Glenda Ritz Loses Indiana Superintendent Race

The first-term Democratic state schools chief had shocked the conservative state in 2012 by beating out Republican Tony Bennett, a school choice and accountability darling.

October 31, 2016

North Dakota Candidate for State Chief Pledges to Scrap Education Department

North Dakota superintendent candidate Joe Chiang signed a pledge to "fight against federally mandated curriculum, standardized tests and all illegal and unconstitutional mandates from the federal Department of Education."

September 02, 2016

New Jersey Education Commissioner Resigns

With David Hespe's resignation, announced Friday, New Jersey has had five education commissioners in the last seven years.

August 29, 2016

Alabama Teachers Protest State Superintendent Appointment

Teachers in the state have complained that Michael Sentance, who worked for the U.S. Department of Education for several years, lacks classroom experience.

August 12, 2016

Alabama Names Education Consultant to Serve as State Superintendent

Michael Sentance, a strong backer of high academic standards, replaces Tommy Bice, who led the state through a contentious battle over charter schools and standards.

July 26, 2016

VP Pick's Wife Is Virginia's Education Secretary; What's That, You Ask?

As the secretary of education in Virginia, Anne Holton, advises the state's governor on education policy but does not oversee the state's education department.

July 21, 2016

Washington State's Superintendent Sues Seven School Districts, State

State Superintendent Randy Dorn argues that by spending local tax dollars on teacher salaries, districts are letting the legislature shirk its duty to fix the school funding formula.

June 20, 2016

Alaska Picks New State Superintendent Who Faces Immediate Challenges

Michael Johnson, previously a district superintendent, takes over a department coping with fallout from a troubled rollout of standardized testing and big layoffs due to budget cuts.

May 24, 2016

Maryland Appoints Eastern Shore Educator as State Superintendent

Maryland has had four superintendents in the last five years as the department has rolled out a new standardized test, new standards, and an unpopular teacher evaluation system.

May 18, 2016

Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Power of State Superintendent

The state's lawmakers have attempted in the past to require the governor to approve state education policy.

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