A group called RI-CAN enlists current and former public officials, including Jeb Bush and Andres Alonso, to keep the composition of the state's board of education and keep state schools chief Deborah Gist in her job.
In Minnesota, Arne Duncan urges the state to do better, despite its high scores on national tests, and relatively strong showings on the international scale.
Would Florida's constitution allow a voucher-style program to go forward? Opponents of such a measure say no, and even some voucher supporters are skeptical.
Teachers' unions are on the defensive in many state legislative sessions this year. A pair of union officials, John Stocks and Mary Bell, gave me their thoughts.
Some federal lawmakers are showing an interest in states being allowed to declare bankruptcy to escape from pensions obligations, including those covering teachers.
At an event organized by the Aspen Institute, Education Secretary Arne Duncan argues that the Common Core standards could spark technological innovation in schools.
Florida schools and districts face potentially big penalties for not complying with a mandate to cap class sizes, even as policymakers in other parts of the country contemplate allowing class sizes to rise.
In several states, governors and lawmakers, many of them Republicans, are vowing to cut state spending, which could affect K-12.
A Republican proposal would scale back a statewide preschool program created by Iowa's previous, Democratic governor.
Ron Tomalis, who served as an education aide in George W. Bush's administration, has been nominated as the next secretary of education in Pennsylvania.