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March 15, 2011

Ohio State Schools Chief Says She Was Pressured to Resign

Deborah Delisle resigns as Ohio's superintendent of public instruction, saying she was pressured to do so by Gov. John Kasich's office.

February 14, 2011

Oregon's Governor Seeks Education Overhaul

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, like his neighbor, Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington, believes his state's education programs are too fragmented. He wants more of them brought together under his authority.

February 04, 2011

Former Civil Rights Official Runs for U.S. Senate in Texas

Michael L. Williams, a former U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights official, is running to replace U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

January 21, 2011

Unions Facing Tough Outlook in State Capitals

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.

January 12, 2011

States Look to Change Teacher Pension Systems

Personnel costs—salaries and benefits—make up a huge portion of school budgets, and they're difficult to cut. At the state level, elected officials are determined to bring down the costs of pensions, in particular.

January 11, 2011

Bill Honig Withdraws Name as Calif. Governor's Appointee

Bill Honig had been appointed to the California state board of education by new Gov. Jerry Brown, despite a past criminal conviction. Honig withdrew his name on Monday, and was replaced by Ilene Straus, an assistant school superintendent.

December 02, 2010

Michelle Rhee Named to Florida Gov.-Elect's Transition Team

Republican Rick Scott, Florida's governor-elected, names former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to his education transition team.

November 19, 2010

Gov. Rick Perry Is New Republican Governors Association Chief

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been named the head of the Republican Governors Association, the AP reports. Perry has had several run-ins with the Obama adminstration over federal education funding.

November 17, 2010

National Governors Association Picks Gregoire as Chair

Chris Gregoire is the next chair of the National Governors Association, a visible policy organization in Washington. She replaces Joe Manchin, who's on his way to the U.S. Senate.

November 12, 2010

Taking School Construction Money to Save the State Budget?

Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval appears to be considering asking school district to turn over construction money to the cash-strapped state.

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