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July 24, 2012

What Do Higher School Grades Mean for Florida Accountability System?

The Florida Department of Education announced that 8 percent of the schools measured by the state's A-F accountability system would receive higher grades than initially reported.

July 06, 2012

Louisiana Official Takes Key Post at State Chiefs' Group

Louisiana assistant state superintendent Scott Norton said he is stepping down from his post to oversee work on standards, testing and accountability for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

June 13, 2012

Wilhoit to Step Down as Head of CCSSO

Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Director Gene Wilhoit announced June 13 that he will retire once the organization finds a replacement for him. Wilhoit had served as the CCSSO since November 2006.

June 13, 2012

Idaho Ballot Another Litmus Test for Teachers' Unions?

A ballot referendum fight in Idaho features state superintendent Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter against the Idaho Education Association over the faate of new laws related to merit pay and collective bargaining rights.

May 30, 2012

Rudy Crew No Longer Reluctant to Play Education Politics?

Former New York City and Miami schools chief Rudy Crew will be named Oregon's "Chief Education Officer" by Gov. John Kitzhaber, and will have extensive powers in implementing Kitzhaber's education policies.

May 10, 2012

New Mexico Union Votes "No Confidence" in State's Ed. Secretary

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation voted "no confidence" in New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera due to her planned teacher evaluation system and decision to lay off education employees.

May 03, 2012

Alphabet Soup of National, State, Local Groups Call for ESEA Reauthorization

A May 3 letter from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and other groups urges Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act before the 112th Congress adjourns.

May 02, 2012

Texas Ed. Commissioner to Step Down After 5 Years

CORRECTED In case you haven't seen it already, it's worth noting on State EdWatch that Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott has announced that he will step down from his post on July 2. Reading the Associated Press story, Scott comes across as an education official conscious that he was caugh...

April 20, 2012

Lowery, Delaware Schools Chief, Takes Top Ed. Job in Maryland

The next state superintendent of schools in Maryland will be Lillian Lowery, now the education secretary in Delaware, the state education department announced Friday.

April 19, 2012

Hawaii Ed. Board OKs Evaluation Plan, What's Next for Race to Top?

The Hawaii Board of Education has approved a framework for new teacher and principal evaluations, but the state teachers union says that it still needs to give approval to any final plan.

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