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Education Bill Tracking and Databases

Details: Education Bill Tracking, 2008-Present. NCSL’s comprehensive education bill tracking database includes enacted legislation for topics including teachers and principals, school choice, postsecondary education, education finance/funding, religion in schools, high school graduation and dropouts, testing, accountability, afterschool and STEM.

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Education Policy News State Education Policies and …

Details: The NCSL Education Program tracks state legislative action on K-12 education, college and career readiness, higher education and adult learning. We gather and conduct research on education topics important to states, provide customized assistance for state legislatures, highlight education policy news and disseminate information on best

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School Safety: Overview and Legislative Tracking

Details: School safety is a truly multi-faceted issue and state lawmakers must consider how to prevent, mitigate and respond to acts of school violence. Several states have considered legislation regarding who can and cannot carry firearms on school grounds, including, in some states, school employees. Others have considered legislation related school

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How Schools Are Spending Unprecedented Education …

Details: Unlike past education relief packages, which were guided by federal and state priorities—the Race to the Top program in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for example—states and the U.S. Department of Education are prohibited from directing or restricting how districts spend their ESSER allotments. States control 10% of ESSER funds.

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Social and Emotional Learning

Details: Social emotional learning, sometimes called character development or non-cognitive skills, complements academic learning to provide students with a well-rounded education. This page defines social emotional learning and describes what states are doing to ensure appropriate social emotional learning in and out of school.

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College Completion Strategies

Details: According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Completing College National and State Reports: The six-year college completion rate for first-time students attending college full- or part-time and earning bachelor and associate degrees is up to 62.2%, a 1.2-point increase over the previous cohort of entering students.

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Social and Emotional Development in Early Learning …

Details: The scale rewards workers for obtaining higher levels of education and for remaining in the same child care setting. Wisconsin and Georgia have their own wage supplement programs. Colorado, Louisiana and Nebraska passed legislation to provide tax credits for early care and education professionals who meet certain education or training requirements.

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State Vaccine Requirements for College Entry

Details: Requires all students age 26 and under who are enrolled in a postsecondary school of higher education (community college or university) to submit proof of three doses of hepatitis B vaccines or a positive blood test for hepatitis B. Provides for medical and religious exemptions. Florida. Florida Statutes 48-1006-69.

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Overview: School Bullying

Details: School safety continues to be a key topic for legislators, which includes legislation around anti-bullying policies. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. This behavior is either repeated or can be repeated. Bullying is categorized in three ways: social, physical

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Public Education's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) …

Details: K-12 Education. The COVID-19 crisis continues to rattle K-12 education into 2021. Most experts conclude that schools may not operate normally until next school year at the earliest. Educators and policymakers face daunting challenges to ensure that U.S. students receive a quality education in an unprecedented environment.

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Governing the Growing World of Early Childhood Education

Details: State spending on preschool rose from $3.9 billion (adjusted for inflation) in 2002 to $8.1 billion in 2018. One-third of the nation’s 4-year-olds—more than 1.3 million children—are enrolled in state-funded preschool. The percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in preschool who attend full-day programs increased from 47% in 2000 to 56%

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Top Performing Countries in Education

Details: Daily News, "California’s top education official plans new accountability system to rate schools." July 22, 2015. OECD, "Alberta Inspiring Action in Education." June 2010. In Rememberance of Julie Davis Bell. Julie Davis Bell was the Education Program Group Director at NCSL for 28 years. She passed away in the spring of 2017.

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Reimagining Education in a Post-Pandemic World

Details: The intense challenges facing the education system, brought into sharp relief by the pandemic, also create an opportunity to forge a new path. “We need a new normal,” Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun professor of education emeritus at Stanford, told a panel during NCSL Base Camp 2021. And this is a good time to redesign the

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Credential Transparency

Details: Credential Transparency. States are focusing on high-value credentials that lead to future employment or education as a key element of economic recovery. In this time of rapid workplace change, states and postsecondary institutions have a responsibility to provide timely, useful information about degree options and pathways that prepare

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Supporting Student Success Through Afterschool Programs

Details: Introduction. Children spend approximately 25 percent of their waking hours in school, and policy leaders are often striving to provide more learning opportunities through afterschool programs.. Broadly defined, afterschool programs (sometimes called OST or Out-of-School Time Programs) are school or community-based programs that offer academic and …

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School Bullying: Research and Reports

Details: Conducted for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)" This survey is based on online surveys completed by a nationally representative sample of 3450 students aged 13-18 and 1011 secondary school teachers. The survey is intended to explore teens’ and secondary school teachers’ experiences with and attitudes towards school

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Early Childhood: What’s Governance Got to Do With It

Details: Florida. The alignment of goals and oversight for a state’s education continuum from birth through age 20 is another benefit of establishing an office of early learning/childhood within an existing department. In 2021, Florida legislators enacted HB 419 to eliminate the Office of Early Learning and create a Division of Early Learning within

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Improving Principal Quality to Increase Teacher Retention

Details: Local principal pipelines are a high-impact strategy to improve principal quality and retention. State policymakers can facilitate local principal pipeline development by providing a balance of structures, supports and flexibility. Molly Gold is a senior policy specialist with NCSL's education program, focusing on educator quality and school

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NCSL Briefs Congress on State Education Finance

Details: Benjamin Santos Millner. K-12 and higher education enjoy unprecedented public investment—and face unprecedented challenges. NCSL recently briefed Congress and a national audience on the latest data on state education budgets and efforts to improve school finance systems, as well as challenges with the education fiscal provisions in the American Rescue …

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Policymakers Tout Ways to Boost Higher Ed Outcomes

Details: Discussing higher education policy at the Legislative Summit were, from left, Senator Ghazala Hashmi, Undersecretary of Education James Kvaal, Senators Jon Lundberg, Shannon O’Brien and Missy Irvin, and NCSL’s Austin Reid. Policymakers Tout Ways to Boost Higher Ed Outcomes. By Andrew Smalley | Nov. 19, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

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Early and Middle Colleges Offer High School Alternative

Details: Early and middle college students graduate high school at a rate of 93%, compared to the national rate of 78%. Students of color make up 77% and students from low-income families make up 57% of early and middle colleges. Nearly a quarter of middle and early college graduates earn a postsecondary credential along with their high school diploma.

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Student-Centered Learning for All Learners

Details: This webinar will explore how personalized, competency-based education can advance learning for English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and struggling students, and how policymakers can build equity and inclusion into design, planning, and implementation of student-centered learning. This webinar is the fifth in a series

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Building a Stronger Early Learning Workforce

Details: The quality of early education teachers has been shown to be a key driver in overall classroom quality and outcomes for prekindergarten children. Also, early education teachers are prepared, regulated, and compensated differently, and often more poorly, than their K-12 counterparts. However, both professions require similar training and

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Democracy Is Priceless, but Elections Cost Big Bucks

Details: The usual estimate for running a presidential election is $2 billion to $3 billion nationwide. That’s not counting the costs of campaigns or all the nongovernmental funding associated with registering voters and getting them to the polls; those expenditures are strictly voluntary. It’s a back-of-the-envelope guesstimate as to what local

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Student-Athlete Compensation

Details: Under these laws, student-athletes could earn money for endorsements, advertising and events such as autograph signings. As of February 18, 2022, 28 states have passed legislation to allow student-athletes to earn compensation. Legislation has passed in 27 states and governors in one state has signed executive orders.

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States Elevate Early Learning

Details: State Action. During the 2019 legislative session, 49 states introduced 496 bills and resolutions related to early learning, with 87 bills enacted in 29 states. Several states, such as Alabama and Rhode Island, are taking steps to expand access and better connect and integrate preschool into the K-12 system. Alabama expanded the Pre-K-3rd Grade

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Private Use of Location Tracking Devices: State Statutes

Details: Delaware prohibits individuals from knowingly installing an electronic or mechanical location tracking device in or on a motor vehicle without the consent of the registered owner, lessor or lessee of the vehicle. Florida. Fla. Stat. …

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2020 Preschool-3rd Grade Education Legislation Tracker

Details: Welcome to the 2020 NCSL P-3 Bill Tracker! Here you will find a comprehensive snapshot of legislation introduced during the 2020 session that relates to preschool through third grade education. Using the interactive graphic below, filter legislation by state, topic area, and/or bill status to see how policymakers aim to improve P-3 education at

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FY 2023 State Budget Status

Details: Forty-six states begin fiscal year 2023 on July 1, 2022. New York begins its fiscal year on April 1, Texas begins its fiscal year on Sept. 1, and Alabama and Michigan begin theirs on Oct.1. As of July 1, 47 states have enacted budgets for FY 2023. Sixteen of those states enacted a biennial budget during their 2021 legislative session.

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Early Learning: Trends, Research and NCSL Groups

Details: State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) Working Group. The NCSL State Policy and Research for Early Education Working Group, known as SPREE is a bipartisan group of eight state legislators, two legislative staff and six early learning experts from around the country. SPREE members deliberated and prioritized the top five

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Understanding and Assisting English Language Learners in School

Details: There are five different educational models in schools for learning English. English language learners (ELLs) in educational systems are defined as those between ages 3 and 21, enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school, and whose native language is not English. ELLs may have difficulty speaking, reading, writing or

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2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: A Summary of Provisions by …

Details: President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion spending bill on March 15 to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2022, which ends Sept. 30. The legislation increases nondefense spending by 6.7% and defense spending by 5.6%, and it includes $13.6 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine. A last-minute change removed a provision

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Net Neutrality 2022 Legislation

Details: The U.S. Department of Justice formally dismissed the lawsuit in Feb. 2021. Eleven states have introduced net neutrality legislation in the 2022 legislative session. New York enacted legislation that established the ConnectALL deployment program and provided that preference will be given to applicants who commit not to impose caps on data usage

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Visiting History With Clay Jenkinson, Thomas Jefferson and …

Details: Legislatures: The Inside Storey. Playing one of the Founding Fathers is not always the easiest gig. Just ask Clay Jenkinson, the guest on this podcast, who has played Thomas Jefferson, along with other famous figures, on stages in all 50 states.

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Is Early Teacher Retirement a Win-Win

Details: Some states are looking at ways to replace higher paid, experienced educators with younger staff, whose lower salaries could generate savings. Is Early Teacher Retirement a Win-Win? It’s Complicated. As teachers, school districts and state policymakers confront financial uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of older

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How Does the U.S. Education System Compare to Other Countries

Details: By Lee Posey. How well are American schools preparing students for the 21st century global economy? A study to be released Dec. 3 will give a snapshot into how 15-year-old students in the United States compare to students in 65 …

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