To help battle Oklahoma's teacher shortage, state chief Joy Hofmeister is calling for a $5,000 increase in base pay for teacher salaries over the next five years.

California students performed better on the English/language arts section of the Smarter Balanced exam than in math, according to scores released by the department Sept. 9.

Last February, the Indiana education department sent shock waves throughout the state when it announced that its exam for grades 3-8 would take 12 hours for students to complete.

State officials inform 11 schools that they don't qualify for the national Blue Ribbon program because their test-participation rates fell short of the required 95 percent.

Georgia's prekindergarten program faced several cuts in 2011-12, including a shorter school year and increased class size. State lawmakers have gradually restored some of the program's funding since then.

Lowery, who has served as Maryland's state education commissioner since 2012, oversaw the state's Race to the Top grant and its transition to the Common Core State Standards.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says it's filing a lawsuit challenging the state's new school voucher-like program also known as education savings accounts.

The education-chief hopefuls include both in-state and out-of-state educators, and the list could soon be whittled down further.

A report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the current trend in most states is toward greater state control, but there's no one best way to govern.

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools asserts that state takeovers and state-run achievement districts increase segregation and dismantle community schools.


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