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Accountability State Schools Chiefs Push Biden for Wiggle Room on Accountability During Pandemic
State schools chiefs say it's necessary to change how they use scores from mandated annual tests during the unprecedented disruption created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Evie Blad, December 17, 2020
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Elba Aponte Santos
Elba Aponte Santos, the president of the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (AMPR), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, has been nominated to be Puerto Rico's next education secretary.
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States Teachers' Union Leader Nominated to Be Puerto Rico's Education Secretary
The American Federation of Teachers describes Elba Aponte Santos as "a fierce defender of public education" in Puerto Rico.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 2, 2020
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Assessment Inside a Procurement Dispute in North Carolina
North Carolina officials' switch in reading-test vendors just weeks before the new school year got underway is spotlighting the often murky process of contracts and procurements for K-12 services.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 20, 2019
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Former Education Secretary Julia Keleher works with her team in a makeshift office at the Convention Center of Puerto Rico in San Juan in October 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Former Education Secretary Julia Keleher works with her team in a makeshift office at the Convention Center of Puerto Rico in San Juan in October 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
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School & District Management Former Puerto Rico Ed. Secretary Arrested, Charged With Fraud
Julia Keleher, the former education secretary of Puerto Rico, has been arrested by federal agents in Washington on charges related to fraud and corruption, a U.S. attorney confirmed.
Andrew Ujifusa & Evie Blad, July 16, 2019
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Julia Keleher’s tenure as head of Puerto Rico’s islandwide school system included overseeing its recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as well as controversies over school closures and school choice.
Julia Keleher’s tenure as head of Puerto Rico’s islandwide school system included overseeing its recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as well as controversies over school closures and school choice.
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School & District Management Puerto Rico's Education Secretary Steps Down After Divisive Tenure
Julia Keleher is leaving her position as Puerto Rico's top K-12 official, but will serve as an adviser at the island's education department to help with the leadership transition and ongoing policy changes.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 9, 2019
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School & District Management Meet the Latest Class of State Schools Chiefs
The newest group of state superintendents, most of them appointed by newly elected governors, is ethnically diverse and full of those with experience in the classroom.
Daarel Burnette II, March 20, 2019
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, left, and lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes claim victory at their watch party, early Nov. 7, 2018, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, left, and lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes claim victory at their watch party, early Nov. 7, 2018, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis.
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Federal With a Schools Superintendent Running the State, What Lies Ahead for Wisconsin?
After years of shepherding the state’s K-12 system, Democrat Tony Evers will be called on to make good as governor on his pledge of more funding for K-12.
Lisa Stark, November 7, 2018
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Federal Wisconsin Chief Tony Evers Upsets Incumbent Scott Walker in Governor's Race
The contest had been close from the start, with Evers campaigning on a promise to restore respect for the state's teachers and financially bail out its school system.
Lisa Stark, November 7, 2018
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Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s state schools superintendent, says she won’t seek re-election in 2020.
Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s state schools superintendent, says she won’t seek re-election in 2020.
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Federal Lame-Duck Indiana Chief Frustrated Over K-12 Governance
Jennifer McCormick, a Republican who will not run for re-election in 2020, says the state's government structure "causes confusion and stretches resources."
Daarel Burnette II, October 23, 2018
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Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, a candidate for California's Superintendent of Public Instruction, appears at a candidates debate in Sacramento.
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, a candidate for California's Superintendent of Public Instruction, appears at a candidates debate in Sacramento.
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Federal State Schools Chiefs: Who's Elected, Who's Not, and Races to Watch This Year
More than half of the 13 elected state superintendent spots are up for grabs this year, even as South Carolina voters weigh making the job an appointed one.
Daarel Burnette II, October 8, 2018
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Marshall Tuck, left, and Tony Thurmond, candidates for California superintendent of public instruction, pose for photos with moderator Mark Baldassare after their debate in Sacramento last month.
Marshall Tuck, left, and Tony Thurmond, candidates for California superintendent of public instruction, pose for photos with moderator Mark Baldassare after their debate in Sacramento last month.
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Federal State Chief Race in Calif. Proving Costly, Contentious
Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck differed sharply on issues such as how to improve teacher quality and how to get more money for California's schools.
Daarel Burnette II, September 4, 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 Vermont State Chief Resigns Amid Ambitious District Consolidation Effort
State Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe has been officiating over the state's politically thorny district consolidation process, and many are asking for it to be placed on hold until the state board replaces her.
Daarel Burnette II, April 3, 2018
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States Michigan State Superintendent Takes Sick Leave After Cancer Diagnosis
Brian Whiston since 2015 has led the state's education department while it put together its plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act and took control of the state's school takeover district.
Daarel Burnette II, March 16, 2018
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