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At last week’s SXSWEdu Conference in Austin, Texas, the National Governors Association’s education policy director, Seth Gerson, discussed how the 39 newly elected governors across the country are “uniquely education-focused,” Ed Scoop reports. And because each state’s ESSA plan had been approved as of last fall, Gerson found that “governors didn’t apply the same focus on Common Core testing, standards or teacher evaluation as

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