A plurality of Oklahoma schools received B grades on the latest A-F school accountability results the state released Nov. 6.
The 2013 scores show no progress closing racial, ethnic and gender achievement gaps, and little progress in math and reading. One exception: 8th grade reading, which showed a 3-point improvement.
A $950 million tax increase to benefit Colorado public schools that would have also restructured education finance in the state was soundly defeated by voters.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli to be Virginia's next governor, setting the stage for potential education policy debates over funding and accountability in that state.
Incumbent GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a public antagonist of teachers' unions, easily beat state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee, in the 2013 governor's race.
Although the 2013 slate of state elections is relatively small, there will be big K-12 impacts from dozens of elections for governor in 2014.
A new Indiana A-F school accountability system approved by a legislative panel Nov. 1 would put more emphasis on student growth.
School district leaders in Oklahoma are increasingly unhappy with the state's A-F school accountability system following data problems, but Gov. Mary Fallin wants them to knock off the criticism.
Five Wisconsin teachers have sued to permit provisions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's controversial Act 10 regarding collective bargaining, passed in 2011, to proceed.
The Michigan Legislature has allowed state spending on the common core to resume following an Oct. 29 vote in the House of Representatives.