State School Boards

Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses the board members during Thursday morning's meeting. The board members of the Florida Department of Education met Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Florida State College at Jacksonville's Advanced Technology Center in Jacksonville, Fla. to take care of routine business but then held public comments before a vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
Richard Corcoran, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses board members before a June 10 vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
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States Florida State Board of Education Bans the Use of Critical Race Theory in Schools
Lessons that deal with critical race theory and the “1619 Project” are not welcome in Florida’s public schools following a state board vote.
Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times, June 10, 2021
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School & District Management How Many Seats Do Teachers Get on the State Board of Ed.? In Most Places, None
Few states give teachers a seat—or a vote—on the board of education. But some say the governing entities are making more of an effort to prioritize teacher voice.
Madeline Will, July 20, 2018
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States Despite Court Ruling, N.C.'s State Chief, Board Still Quibble Over Who's in Charge
The state's elected superintendent and the governor-appointed state board have been in a legal dispute since 2016 over who should oversee the many tasks of the education department.
Daarel Burnette II, June 11, 2018
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States Missouri's State Board Hasn't Met Since January. With Governor Gone, What Now?
Gov. Erik Greitens has resigned and the board doesn't have enough governor-appointed members to form a quorum. Important tasks have been piling up.
Daarel Burnette II, June 1, 2018
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Every Student Succeeds Act State, Local Officials Tussle Over Who's in Charge Under ESSA
At issue is just which branch of state government—or even which office—calls the shots on putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into practice. And election-year tensions up the ante.
Daarel Burnette II, April 3, 2018
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States Election Ushers in Plenty More State Board Members, NASBE Reports
With new powers under ESSA, newly appointed and elected board members will "face a steep learning curve" as they race to complete their state plans to submit to the federal government.
Daarel Burnette II, November 23, 2016
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Arizona State Sens. Kimberly Yee, center, and Sylvia Allen watch as Sen. Jeff Dial explains his support for legislation clarifying the powers of the state school board and the state superintendent.
Arizona State Sens. Kimberly Yee, center, and Sylvia Allen watch as Sen. Jeff Dial explains his support for legislation clarifying the powers of the state school board and the state superintendent.
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Every Student Succeeds Act State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles
With the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education seek to reassert their influence, as legislators, superintendents, and others vie for a piece of the policy pie.
Daarel Burnette II, March 29, 2016
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States Connecticut Approves New School Accountability System
The new accountability system ranks schools based on 12 indicators, including college access and physical fitness, in addition to test scores and expanded ways of measuring graduation.
Daarel Burnette II, March 4, 2016
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States Massachusetts Board Approves Hybrid PARCC, State Test
By an 8-3 vote, the state school board approved creation of a new English and mathematics test to be administered by all of the state's schools by 2017.
Daarel Burnette II, November 17, 2015
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Standards Where Can You Keep the Common Core by 'Repealing' It? In Arizona, Maybe
The vote by Arizona's state school board formally repeals the standards, but also leaves them on the books for now. So what gives?
Andrew Ujifusa, October 27, 2015
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Standards Merryl Tisch to Leave N.Y. Regents After Busy, Polarizing Tenure
Tisch oversaw big changes to Empire State K-12 policy during her six-year tenure as the leader of the Regents, and unleashed a torrent of political controversy in the process.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 26, 2015
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States Kentucky Picks Achieve's Stephen Pruitt to Take Over as State Chief
At Achieve, Pruitt oversaw the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 24, 2015
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Standards Preliminary Illinois PARCC Scores: Fewer than 4 in 10 Students Reach Proficiency
Proficiency rates hovered at about one-third for English/language arts, and were a bit lower in math, ranging from 17 percent proficiency on the high school math exam to 36 percent in 3rd grade math.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 16, 2015
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States Despite High Opt-Out Rates, Education Department Won't Punish N.Y., Report Says
Federal law requires each school to test at least 95 percent of its students or else the district or state could face sanctions, some as severe as losing Title I money for low-income students.
Lauren Camera, August 21, 2015
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