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2017-april-policy-analyst-blog

What Happened in Your State This April?

This past month, ten policy analysts published reports about what occurred in the following states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

ESSA Implementation

Colorado: Stevi Quate discusses Colorado’s choice of attendance as the fifth indicator in ESSA Colorado-Style: The Challenge of the Fifth Indicator.

Readers may want to visit ESSA Implementation in the States to see what your state is doing.

Higher Education

Texas: In Campus Carry VII, Michael Gos continues his series, noting that this August, students may carry a concealed weapon at community colleges. There is concern, however, over the presence of high school students who attend classes through dual enrollment.

Funding and Budget

California: Dan Melzer shares Assembly Democratic Leaders Announce “Degrees Not Debt” Higher Education Budget Package, in which the Degrees Not Debt Scholarship will provide a supplemental grant to full-time students receiving certain grants.

Connecticut: Stephen Ferruci addresses Debt Forgiveness in Connecticut given that Connecticut ranks third in student debt.

New York: According to Derek Kulnis, New York State Offers Free College Tuition through the Excelsior Scholarship to any New Yorker, within certain income limits, accepted to a community college or four-year public university

Pennsylvania: Due to declining budgets and enrollments, Possible Faculty Lay-Offs and Program Cuts are on the horizon, D. Alexis Hart writes.

PreK–12

Arkansas: In Little Rock School District at Status Quo, Donna Wake expresses the concern that the state is closing schools in predominantly African American neighborhoods after having passed a law offering charter schools the rights of first refusal for unused school facilities.

Donna also provides links for teachers to review Annual School Performance and an analysis of Teacher and Superintendent Salaries.

Louisiana: Jalissa Bates explains in Louisiana High School Students and Businesses Benefit from “Jump Start Summers” that grants from businesses support student efforts to attend school in the summer.

New York: Derek Kulnis posts that New York Changes Parent-Teacher Conferences by including students in the conferences to review their work and to provide time for teachers to have parental interaction.

Wisconsin: Kris Cody-Johnson shares state education information in Lifetime Licenses for Teachers Potentially Returns for Wisconsin, Wisconsin Requests Budget for Mental Health, and Voices Grow to Repeal Wisconsin School Start Date.

Wyoming: Tiffany Rehbein shares that Wyoming Districts Look to Sue State Over Funding.

What Happened in Your State this September?

capitol buildingThis past month, fifteen policy analysts published reports about what occurred in the following states: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Higher Education

Stephen Ferruci previews a bill in Connecticut that would help undocumented students “access institutional financial assistance.”

Dan Melzer describes legislation that passed in California, awaiting the governor’s signature, in AB 1690 Outlines Minimum Standards for Adjunct Instructors at California Community Colleges.

Michael Gos continues his series in Campus Carry Law VI, noting that the injunction requested by three professors against enforcement of the new University of Texas campus carry policy was denied while the lawsuit moves forward.

Higher Education/P–12 Education

As part of a trend all over the United States, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Adopts Emergency Teacher Licensing Rules to Address Teacher Shortage. Donna Pasternak notes that softening licensing requirements for K–12 teachers will impact not only school districts but also schools of education and departments of English.

Derek Kulnis describes New York City’s efforts to diversify its teaching force through a program called NYC Men Teach, which recruits men of color through mentoring programs or alternative pathways.

Michael Gos outlines the budget cuts, requested by Texas leaders, to all state agencies, including K–12 and higher education, noting the particular impact on community colleges.

P–12 Education

In Keystone Test No Longer an Exit Exam, Aileen Hower notes that Pennsylvania is reviewing alternative assessments. New Jersey, on the other hand, will “triple the weight of PARCC scores in teacher evaluations,” according to Kristen Turner.

Again in Pennsylvania, Aileen Hower shares Katie Meyer’s article about the National Labor Relations Board ruling that a virtual charter school should be classified as a private corporation, not a public institution. Aileen also published Judge: Lower Merion Schools Misled Taxpayers, Must Revoke Tax Hike, revealing that the Merion school district had a budget surplus.

Darlene Dyer writes about Mastery Education a Reality in Idaho; in mastery education, students “advance from grade to grade based on mastering concepts instead of seat time or a passing grade.”

Karen Henderson reports that MATELA (the Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts) will have a “significant presence” at the Montana Educators’ Conference in October through a number of presentations.

In response to a Montana State Board of Education ruling on writing programs, MATELA issued its own policy statement, which Anna Baldwin describes in Policy Assistance Offered for Significant Writing Programs.

Tiffany Rehbein reports from Wyoming that ACT Scores Increase[d] and Town Hall Meetings Give Wyoming Residents Voice on ESSA Implementation.

Robin Holland has been following teachers in Cleveland, posting these two reports: Cleveland Teachers Set to Strike in Ohio and Teacher Strike Averted in Cleveland, Ohio.

Clancy Ratliff describes the release by the Louisiana State Board of Education of a Digital Literacy Guide. Jalissa Bates shares that Louisiana Children with Disabilities Receive Boost with Federal Grant of $7 million.

Pamela Doiley questions whether Massachusetts will pass financial literacy legislation.

Derek Kulnis reports that New York City will revise the way it tests water for lead in all of its schools.

What Happened In Your State This July?

This is the next in a monthly series to inform members about what is going on in your state.

capitol buildingThis past month, ten policy analysts published reports about what occurred in the following states: California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin. The reports range from prekindergarten through higher education.

Anne Slonaker reports on Act 166: An act relating to providing access to publicly funded prekindergarten in Vermont for all children ages 3 and 4 for two years.

Kris Cody-Johnson reported on a number of issues in Wisconsin. In Milwaukee Schools Face Tumult,  she describes the conflict between legislators who wish to convert traditional public schools to charters and the families of color who wish to retain some local control. SAGE Program Ends describes the Wisconsin legislature eliminating a successful program for low-income students in kindergarten through third grade and replacing it with instructional coaching for teachers and one-on-one tutoring for students.

The transfer of public monies to private schools was illustrated in the following posts: Wisconsin Special Needs Voucher Law in which SB 615 permitted children with disabilities to attend private schools with a $12,000 voucher and Wisconsin Voucher Expansion. In the latter post, Kris Cody-Johnson described the implications of private schools receiving public funding without the same requirements imposed on public schools. She wrote that a Christian school receiving public funding required “parents to provide a birth certificate to know the child’s born gender and sign a parent handbook listing what a student can be disciplined and expelled for, including homosexuality.” Senator Johnson Works to Stop DOJ Investigations Protecting Title II outlines the efforts of United States Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introducing an amendment that would bar the Department of Justice from enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act for private schools receiving public funding.

In May of this year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the Wisconsin State Superintendent Remains Independent against the wishes of Governor Scott Walker, who interpreted Act 21 as giving him final say on administrative rules related to public education.

Like many other states, Wisconsin sees increased teacher shortage.

Kentucky’s Emily Zuccaro reports on the findings of a report released from the Migration Policy Institute in Improving Education for Migrant-Background Students.  Stephen Ferrucci describes A Good Place for Higher Education DREAMers at Eastern Connecticut State University where 49 immigrant students will receive scholarships from a non-profit to attend.

Dan Melzer’s report on California’s Final State Budget for 2016-17 focused on higher education, particularly, grants for college readiness and improving graduation rates. In The University System of New Hampshire Expands its Open Education Initiative to Reduce Costs for Students, He also posted about Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named Chancellor of the California Community College System, the first Latino chancellor of the California community college system. Alexandria Peary describes New Hampshire’s provision of open educational resources, pedagogy and access for college students.

Robin Holland describes Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program that allows students, grades 7-12 to earn college credit at no cost while simultaneously earning high school credit for the same course. She notes an online survey for Ohio’s Learning Standards Revision due August 1.

Jalissa Bates publicizes that the Louisiana State Superintendent Hosts Statewide Forums to Address Every Student Succeeds Act.

[Note: ESSA Implementation in the States lists forums, surveys and contact information all over the United States.]

In Campus Carry Law V, Michael Gos reports on the conceal carry law enacted in Texas that will go into effect August 1.

Anastasia Wickham describes how 40 of 78 Oklahoma educators, parents and/or advocates won primaries and will be running for election this November in Educators/advocates win primaries.