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September 19, 2013

State School Takeover News from Massachusetts and Virginia

Four schools in Massachusetts are facing state takeover based on 2013 test scores, while momentum builds behind a lawsuit over takeovers in Virginia.

September 17, 2013

Florida Names Pam Stewart Commissioner, Removing Interim Tag

The Florida Board of Education named Pam Stewart the state's new education commissioner on Sept. 17.

September 13, 2013

Tony Bennett's Newest Problem: Illegal Use of His Indiana Office?

New emails and computer data from Tony Bennett's tenure as Indiana state schools chief may show that he improperly used state office for political purposes.

September 13, 2013

U.S. Education Law Needs Updating Badly, Say State and Local Officials

Groups including the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers are strongly urging an NCLB reauthorization.

September 12, 2013

Tenn. Chief Slammed by More Than 60 Local Superintendents

A letter from more than 60 Tennessee school superintendents protests the way K-12 policy has been handled by state superintendent Kevin Huffman.

September 11, 2013

Tom Luna Regrets Focus on Vote-Counting in Idaho K-12 Overhaul

Tom Luna expressed regret over his political approach to his signature 2011 K-12 laws that were overturned in the 2012 elections.

September 10, 2013

California Clashes With U.S. Department of Education Over Testing

California squares off against the U.S. Department of Education over the state's plan to abandon most of its testing system and use only field tests being designed for the common core.

September 06, 2013

Report: Grade Changes Made by Tony Bennett in Ind. 'Plausible'

A new report commissioned by legislative leaders in Indiana finds that the changes made to the state's grading system, which benefited a charter school run by a top political donor, were "plausible."

August 26, 2013

Third Education Secretary in Four Months Takes Over in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's acting Secretary of Education William Harner was forced out by GOP Gov. Tom Corbett on Aug. 26, replaced with a former teachers' union official.

August 23, 2013

Indiana Governor Creates New K-12 Agency, Irritating State Chief

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a new Center for Innovation and Career Education on Aug. 23, a move that irked Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

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