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August 23, 2012

R.I. Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

From guest blogger Kimberly Shannon Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergo surgery in September, according to the Associated Press. She is expected to have a full recovery, but will be working a limited schedule until her operation. ...

August 20, 2012

School Choice Group's Chairman Takes Over Pa. Recovery District

The Pennsylvania secretary of education has appointed the chairman of a state-level partner of a national school choice advocacy group to lead the turnaround of a troubled district.

August 15, 2012

Two Schools of Thought on a State Commissioner's Authority

New Jersey's education community is split on the question of Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf ability to implement major policy changes through regulatory authority.

August 08, 2012

Rudy Crew Dissatisfied With Districts' Goals in Oregon

Oregon Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew said he is dissatisfied with the goals set in school districts' "achievement compacts" with the state.

August 06, 2012

Ohio Superintendent Resigns Following Ethics Report

Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner announced Aug. 4 that he would step down from his position following a report from the state inspector general's office revealing misconduct by Heffner related to outside employment and the use of department resources.

August 03, 2012

New Jersey 'Takeover' Plan: Devious or Clear-Cut?

A school advocacy group in New Jersey says the state has a below-the-radar plan to take over schools and eliminate union contracts, but officials deny the charges of secrecy.

August 02, 2012

Investigation Reveals Ethics Problems for Ohio Superintendent

An investigation by the Ohio inspector general's office has revealed misconduct by Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan W. Heffner related to a conflict of interest.

July 31, 2012

Florida Education Commissioner Robinson Resigns

Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson informed Gov. Rick Scott (R) that he would resign from his position on Aug. 31, after serving as the state's schools chief for roughly a year.

July 31, 2012

Open School Chiefs Jobs Located in GOP-Controlled States

Three states, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Texas, are looking to fill state superintendents' positions, and all three are controlled by Republican politicians.

July 27, 2012

Race to Top, Waivers Require Follow-On Commitment, N.Y. Chief Says

New York Commissioner of Education John King told those at a Center for American Progress event he is concerned with matching strong accountability measures and high levels of teacher and school support.

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