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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Early Care and Education: 2021 State Legislation Update

In recent years (think way back to pre-pandemic times), legislation concerning early education had been increasing steadily in number,...

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The Every Student Succeeds Act: 5 Years Later

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in December 2015, bringing sweeping changes to K-12 education, particularly state...

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State Legislative Action to Support Students’ Mental Health

Students’ mental wellness has a profound impact on their ability to engage in the learning environment and succeed academically....

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States Consider School Liability Protections

A host of issues have complicated school reopening plans, including liability concerns if students or staff are infected. This issue is...

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Liability or Not? Schools Reopen With Questions on the Table

As schools and districts continue to negotiate the safest mode of learning this year, the question of whether schools can be held liable...

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Postsecondary Funding: Supporting Students of Color

As Education Commission of the States set out to catalog and analyze the various postsecondary funding models in place across the country,...

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Relationships Matter for Student Outcomes, Statistically Speaking

I believe in my heart that relationships matter, especially in education. At BARR, we have science to show that systematic attentiveness to...

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Appreciating Teachers (Like Never Before)

It is Teacher Appreciation Week. There may have never been a time in history when teachers have been so appreciated. With schools closed...

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