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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Filling in the Gaps of Teacher Compensation

Salary, retirement and health benefits are key components of a teacher compensation package, but state leaders have taken additional steps...

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Policymakers Continue to Address Suicide Prevention in 2022

Last September, Education Commission of the States released a blog post recognizing National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and...

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A Strategic Plan for Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Virginia

Like many states across the country, Virginia struggles with specific and persistent teacher shortages. In fact, the number of unfilled...

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How States Can Strengthen K-12 Civics Education

In the United States, civic education prepares each successive generation for informed, effective and lifelong engagement in the...

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Innovative Ways States Are Using ESSER Funds

More than one year since the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, plans have been approved in all 50 states, the District of...

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How Children’s Cabinets Can Meet the Needs of Families and Youth

The pandemic laid bare the lack of social safety nets in states, necessitating innovative solutions but also illuminating systemic...

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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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Racial Equity Considerations in FAFSA Completion Policies

In an effort to support students’ transition to postsecondary education, many states are considering  policies that would make FAFSA...

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An Inside Look at FAFSA Completion as a Graduation Requirement

For the past several legislative sessions, state leaders interested in increasing high school seniors’ FAFSA completion rates have...

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