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February 12, 2015

Conflict Looms After Top Officials for Arizona School Board Fired by State Chief

The move could increase tensions between Superintendent Diane Douglas, a foe of the common core, and the state school board, which continues to support it.

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 04, 2015

Ed. Commissioner Gist Set to Leave R.I. to Lead Tulsa Schools

Deborah Gist has been Rhode Island's chief state school officer since 2009, and has overseen several significant changes to K-12 policy during her tenure.

January 30, 2015

Gov. Jindal Urges State Board to Adopt Alternatives to PARCC

Jindal's Jan. 30 executive order is the latest step in the ongoing battle the Louisiana governor has waged against the standards and tests.

January 29, 2015

Ind. Lawmakers Eye Proposals to Strip Power From Elected K-12 Chief

Arguably the most hostile relationship in state education politics could be fundamentally altered by Indiana legislators' current plans.

January 28, 2015

Democrats in Washington State Become First to Officially Oppose Common Core

It's unclear what the state party's resolution will mean for the common core in the Evergreen State, which happens to be the home of prominent common-core supporter Bill Gates.

January 20, 2015

A Coming—and a Possible Going—for State Schools Chiefs in Pa., R.I.

Pedro Rivera is the new state chief in Pennsylvania, while Deborah Gist could be moving from Rhode Island to an Oklahoma district.

January 16, 2015

Miss. State Board Votes to Leave PARCC, Seek New Test for Next School Year

The Mississippi state board plans to seek a new test for 2015-16, but still plans to administer the PARCC exam this school year.

January 09, 2015

Feds Should Maintain Annual Student Testing, State Chiefs Tell Washington

"It is just imperative to us, to each and every one of us, that we have a check on our students and their academic performance every year," said Maryland chief Lillian Lowery.

January 05, 2015

R.I. Chief Deborah Gist's Fate Uncertain as Contract-Renewal Deadline Passes

The Rhode Island education commissioner has previously stated she'd like to stay on under the new Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, but Gist's current contract expires in June.

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