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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How the 2020 State Elections Could Shape Education Systems

With national attention on the presidential race this election year, it can be easy to forget the important leadership positions and ballot...

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Supporting English Learners During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As state, district and school leaders transition back into learning this fall — whether in-person, distanced or both — they are working...

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Grow Your Own Programs for Teachers: A Look at Programs and Policies

In August, the Tennessee Department of Education launched a competitive grant program to facilitate the development and expansion of Grow...

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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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Don’t Derail! State Policy Solutions to Keep College Plans on Track

Earlier this summer, we published A State Policymaker’s Guide to Equitable Transitions in the COVID-19 Era, presenting a framework to...

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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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12 States Accelerate Developmental Education Reforms During the Pandemic

Amid unprecedented challenges to nearly every aspect of higher education, it’s been difficult to continue commitments to institutional...

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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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States Move to Require the FAFSA for High School Graduation

High school students in three states — Illinois, Louisiana and Texas — already or will soon face a new graduation requirement:...

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