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.
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January 07, 2014
January 06, 2014
Unnamed sources tell Capital New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to propose big, new investment in early education, which could conflict with a similar plan offered by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
January 06, 2014
Sales of education publishers' print and digital K-12 products jumped 7 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers.
January 03, 2014
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
Many of the most popular blog posts for State EdWatch in 2013 concerned the common core, while others Involved big names like Arne Duncan, Tony Bennett, and Michelle Rhee.
December 30, 2013
The expectation debate in this country has been focused on common math and English standards but there are other outcomes that can be even more important to life success. A University of Chicago CCSR review and a couple of popular books suggest, "We don't teach the most important skills."
December 27, 2013
New York state Assembly Democrats are the latest to register opposition to education department plans to upload students' data to the cloud via inBloom.
December 26, 2013
The Arizona department says it doesn't make sense to make decisions about school accountability and reading retention until a new "baseline" is set in 2014-15.
December 24, 2013
A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.
December 23, 2013
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.