Trends in State Allocations of ESSER Funds

After passing the Sept. 30 deadline for states to allocate CARES Act relief funds, states are on track to spend the first round of...

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State Policies Impacting LGBTQIA+ Students in 2022

An estimated 22.5% of high schoolers across the country self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, or other identity. In 2022,...

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Affordable Health Benefits Are Key to High-Quality Teacher Compensation

When I worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia, I was offered a variety of health benefit plans sponsored by the state. All had great...

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School Prayer and State Policy: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District Explained

Prayer in school has been a debated topic in education policy for decades and has recently been pulled back into the national spotlight...

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2021 Elections May Prompt Changes in State Education Leadership

It’s that time of year again — elections season! Since 2021 is an off-cycle year for most states, only a handful are conducting...

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Recent Legislative Trends Addressing the Ongoing Suicide Crisis

This September, during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we reflect on the current state of students’ mental health and the...

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College Students’ Mental Health During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life and learning on colleges campuses across the country, concerns...

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Robust Data Systems Help States Recover

States with robust statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) are positioned to help support student learning during and after the...

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Private School Choice Policies in the Era of COVID-19

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, school choice policies have remained prominent in state policy conversations. A supreme court...

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How States Are Helping School Districts Maximize Federal K-12 Relief

States, school districts and charter schools will be receiving $190 billion in federal aid from the three relief packages passed since...

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