A Kansas teacher-turned-politician says Democratic teachers are ready-made to gather moderate Republican votes and advocate for their positions in statehouses.

Steven Staples' announcement after more than three years in office comes at the tail end of a heated gubernatorial race and shortly before the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan is to go into effect.

Georgia's state politicians and local education officials have been at odds for several years over how to handle chronically low-performing schools.

Lawmakers have called for Education Secretary Melody Schopp's resignation ever since her office was accused of allowing for the mishandling of federal education funds.

Connecticut's teachers are attempting to block a series of cuts that would come from Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy's executive order amid a budget standoff.

Salaam Noor, who gave no reason for his abrupt resignation, leaves office amid stagnant state test scores, low graduation rates, and a hostile political climate.

Having failed to shape their states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans to their liking, elected officials in a a few places want the U.S. secretary of education to send the plans back or turn them down.

Monday's decision extends for another year a decades-long battle over school funding in the ultra-conservative state and further sours a relationship between the lawmakers and the judicial branch.

The state's highest court said a proposed new funding formula failed to meet the Kansas constitution's mandate that public schools provide an adequate and equitable education.

Roughly two thirds of states included either chronic absenteeism or college and career readiness in their ESSA plans, pointing to the limits in states' ability to collect and report accurate and reliable data.


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