When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced in July 2021 that California’s American Indian Education Oversight Committee would […]


As schools face new and persistent challenges around student wellness, COVID-19 protocols, and educator recruitment and retention, state policymakers must […]


In its proposed American Jobs Plan, the Biden administration’s call to eliminate lead pipes and service lines in drinking water […]


The pandemic forced most schools into an elongated period of virtual learning that left students disconnected from school communities and readily accessible supports they might otherwise find during a normal school year. Thirty percent of young people responding to a […]


Nearly all states required or recommended that public schools close their doors in 2020 due to the pandemic. As schools moved to distance learning, the state policy landscape shifted as well, with broadband and internet access, social and emotional learning, […]


According to a September 2020 survey of millennials and Gen Z respondents in 50 states conducted by the nonprofit Claims Conference, 63 percent of respondents did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Although there were […]


According to an October 2020 EdWeek Research Center survey, daily student absences rose from 6 percent before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to 10 percent in fall. Students from low-income households and students of color were more likely than […]


In November 2020, the Wallace Foundation released “Using State-Level Policy Levers to Promote Principal Quality” by Susan M. Gates et al. The report details the ways in which seven states that participated in Wallace’s University Principal Preparation Initiative—California, Connecticut, Florida, […]


Citing the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others as impetus, state boards of education around the country issued statements during June 2020 that committed or recommitted them to taking action to promote racial equity, and they […]


The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to state boards of education as they continued their work while social distancing: open meeting laws. As governors shut down public spaces, many state boards scrambled to conduct meetings virtually that met state guidance […]