State Policy

Book cover of "Beyond Standards" by Morgan Polikoff

Local Control Is Part of the Problem, a New Book About Education Contends

Louisiana, Rhode Island point path toward quality, Polikoff says
First Lady Jill Biden tours a cafeteria at the Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

Don’t Ban Virtual School. Improve It.

Insist on an in-person adult to supervise remote learning
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, center, and lawmakers gather Wednesday, March 10, 2021, for a news conference to announce that leaders of the state legislature and the governor have reached an agreement to reopen the state's K-12 public schools to full-time daily instruction in Raleigh.

Can Teaching Be Improved by Law?

At least twenty states have passed or are considering measures related to the science of reading.
Kindergarten teacher Julie Mackett conducts her class at Ft. Meigs Elementary School, in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Covid and Student Achievement: Early Evidence from Ohio’s Fall Tests

The decline equates to about one third of a year’s worth of learning, and it was worse among students whose districts started the year with fully remote instruction.
Idaho Governor Brad Little speaking at a podium

States Step Up to Fund Families; Others Should Follow

Idaho, North Carolina, and Oklahoma innovate by decentralizing education spending, decisions in response to pandemic
Maryland Governor Hogan

“School-Opening Extortion” Comes to Montgomery County, Maryland

"Teachers’ legitimate interest in risk-mitigation in the workplace does not extend to shutting down other people’s schools."
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking at a campaign stop at Stevens High School, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Claremont, N.H.

Sanders Outdoes Warren in Tapping Voter Anger

Similar education policies, different New Hampshire primary outcomes

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