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August 11, 2015

Do Not Mess With School Funds, Alabama Schools Chief Warns Lawmakers

If you thought state education budgets were safe once lawmakers shut down their regular legislative sessions, think again.

August 10, 2015

Not Putting on the Ritz: Indiana Schools Chief Drops Out of Governor's Race

Ritz announced she was pulling out of the race in order to focus on a bid for a second term as state superintendent. Indiana's gubernatorial election is next year.

August 03, 2015

Ariz. Chief Douglas Continues Fight With State Board Over Department Control

In her appeal of a court ruling, state Superintendent Diane Douglas accused state board staff of running a "shadow administration" within Arizona's education apparatus.

July 14, 2015

Former N.Y. K-12 Official Ken Wagner Picked to Be Rhode Island Chief

As a deputy commissioner in New York state, Wagner played a key role in overseeing how the state shifted to the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.

July 09, 2015

N.Y. Has 'No Current Plans' to Give PARCC; Ark. Ditches the Consortium Test

The Arkansas state board voted to use the ACT Aspire test instead, concluding a public spat over which common-core exam the state would use next year.

July 09, 2015

Smarter Balanced Opt-Out Rates Top 25 Percent for Washington State 11th Graders

Officially, 27.4 percent of eligible students were "confirmed refusals" for taking the Smarter Balanced English/language arts exam, and 28.1 percent of them were confirmed refusals for the math exam.

July 01, 2015

Iowa Gov. Branstad Picks Deputy Director Wise as New State K-12 Chief

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has picked Iowa deputy education director Ryan Wise to be the next state chief, replacing Brad Buck.

June 30, 2015

Washington State Has a K-12 Budget Deal, But Will the Court Like It?

Lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Inslee a 2015-17 biennial budget that includes a $1.3 billion increase for K-12. But will that figure satisfy the state's top court?

June 24, 2015

How Can States Cut Tests Without Losing Crucial Information?

"Some states don't even know what tests they're giving next year," CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich told attendees at a conference about student assessment on June 23.

June 23, 2015

PARCC Showdown in Arkansas as Governor Tries to Kill Test

Earlier this month, the Arkansas board of education voted 7-1 to continue using the PARCC exam, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson is refusing to go along.

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