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January 07, 2014

Maine Gov. LePage Nominates Maine Interim K-12 Chief Rier to Top Spot

Jim Rier is currently Maine's acting commissioner, and has worked at the state department since 2003, when he became its director of finance and operations.

January 03, 2014

Common-Core Testing Issues in N.C. Highlight Potential Trouble in States

The North Carolina state board is considering assessment options for the common core, but state lawmakers will also have a say, and are studying the issue.

December 31, 2013

Kentucky Chief Holliday Is New CCSSO President; Will Focus on Career Readiness

A prominent common-core supporter and chief of the first state to adopt the standards, Holliday has served as CCSSO's president-elect over the last year.

December 23, 2013

Tom Luna of Idaho Joins Chiefs for Change; Second New Member in December

A strong supporter of the common core, Luna becomes the second current elected Republican superintendent to join Chiefs for Change, along with Oklahoma's Janet Barresi.

December 19, 2013

Do States Need a 'Shift in Thinking' to Provide Better Help to Struggling Schools?

In several states, education departments' budgets often were not connected to their overall strategies, a Center on Reinventing Public Education report says.

December 19, 2013

Proposed Ballot Measure Could Put New Mexico's Skandera on Thin Ice

A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.

December 16, 2013

Chiefs for Change Adds Delaware K-12 Secretary Mark Murphy as New Member

Murphy, appointed in 2012 by Gov. Jack Markell, becomes the seventh member of the group that is backed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's K-12 foundation.

December 16, 2013

South Carolina Superintendent Zais Won't Seek Second Term in 2014

Zais pushed for expanded school choice in South Carolina and also expressed consistent opposition to the Common Core State Standards.

December 13, 2013

Nebraska Picks Regional K-12 Official Blomstedt as New State Superintendent

Matthew Blomstedt told state board members during his interview that it might make sense to align Nebraska's academic standards with the common core.

December 13, 2013

Bill to Bar Educators From Political Activity Withdrawn by Missouri Senator

The bill had been described by its author, state Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican, as a "starting point" in dealing with the political influence of educators.

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