Joe Morton, Alabama's state schools chief since 2004, announces that he will resign. Morton pushed for several statewide initiatives, including those aimed improving statewide graduation rates and students' reading skills.

Applicants to become Florida's next education commissioner include Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson and former New Jersey education commission Bret Schundler.

Gery Chico, who helped guide a major effort to bring financial and academic improvements to Chicago's schools, has been named as chair of the state's board of education.

A report issued by Education Resource Strategies offers recommendations on cost-saving measures for states, some of which are already being tried, while others, in special education and other areas, would require new state policy.

Michelle Rhee hires a top Democratic party official to work on her communications efforts. This leads to speculation that she's trying to repair relations with members of her party.

Republican governors who pushed for major changes in collective bargaining and teaching have seen their approval ratings slide. Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Rick Scott

Texas officials are looking at making $4 billion in cuts to education, less than is required to account for enrollment growth and other factors. Democrats have fought to block those cuts, forcing a special legislative session.

Stakeholders from a successful district-union partnership in Pittsburgh, Pa. discussed ways to manage negotiations without rancor at an Aspen Institute discussion today.

Idaho passed some the most sweeping changes to teachers' job protections and pay of any state in the country, and now opponents are organizing efforts to try to overturn those laws. Gov. C.L. Otter is vowing to fight to keep the laws in effect.

One of the most far-reaching options considered by school districts trying to save costs is the move to the four-day school week. But the savings from that option are often overstated, an analysis finds.


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