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November 19, 2019

Has 'Education Reform' Lost Its Special Place in States?

"Republicans are losing their Democratic partners for their preferred education policy direction - that may signal the end of its rise," a Michigan State associate professor told us in assessing the political landscape for K-12 initiatives.

November 07, 2019

Nearly One in Five U.S. Students Attend Rural Schools. Here's What You Should Know About Them

More than 9.3 million U.S. students attended a rural school last year. A new report examines factors that affect them like poverty, academic achievement, and diversity.

November 06, 2019

Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says

Democratic presidential candidates like to say they support universal prekindergarten programs, but what about early-learning programs that already exist?

October 15, 2019

What States Can Learn From a Rejected California Push to Streamline Testing

There's a lot to unpack in a recently rejected proposal to allow the use of ACT or SAT tests for California 11th graders, with lessons for policy makers in other states.

October 07, 2019

Governor's Plan to Hike Starting Teacher Pay Would Lift Florida to Near Top of Rankings

To justify his proposal to increase the minimum starting salary for teachers, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said having a "great teacher in front of the students is really the best thing that you can do."

October 06, 2019

Two Governors, Two Partisan Showdowns With Their State Legislatures

As education politics have grown more divisive at the state and national levels over things like school choice, spending, and civil rights, clashes between Democrats and Republicans become particularly heated.

October 03, 2019

The State With the Most Charter Schools Just Gave Districts More Power to Reject Them

California school districts will have expanded authority to reject new charter school applications under a set of bills signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

August 26, 2019

State Takeovers Remain Difficult⁠, But Attractive⁠, for Education Policymakers

"There's no magic wand. There's no magic bullets. There's a lot of hard work," one expert told us about states attempting to take over schools and districts.

August 06, 2019

How Each State Distributes Money for Public Schools and At-Risk Students

All but eight states specifically address at-risk funding for students from low-income backgrounds in their funding models for public schools, according to the Education Commission of the States.

July 24, 2019

Comparing How All 50 States Connect Schools to the Workforce

Twelve states have career pathway systems that are primarily coordinated by the state's K-12 system, according to a new Education Commission of the States report.

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