States wouldn't have to meet the HQT requirements, but they'd still have to ensure that low-income and minority students have equal access to the best teachers.
Lawmakers in Idaho passed a seven-part public school budget on Monday without debate and with only a handful of opposing votes, increasing overall school funding in the state by 7.4 percent and setting the stage for higher teacher salaries.
A report suggests that the $2.5 billion program should focus more on continuous improvement than on scattershot activities.
The tentative framework would tighten tenure and dismissal processes and require the state education department to develop a new teacher-evaluation system.
The federal watchdog agency concludes the Education Department isn't doing enough to answer that question.
In the fallout from his controversial proposal to tie increased education aid to policy shifts, Gov. Cuomo is eyeing a panel to rewrite teacher-evaluation rules.
About 290 teachers have been removed from a costly pool of teachers who are on the city payroll but don't have permanent jobs.
The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.
Unions say they'll appeal a Staten Island judge's decision March 12 to permit a challenge to the state's teacher-employment protections to move forward.
The Connecticut Education Association would scrap the Smarter Balanced assessments and replace them with a series of shorter progress tests.