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What Happened in Your State This September?

During September, thirteen policy analysts published reports about what occurred in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

Arizona: Tricia Parker shared that Arizona’s ESSA plan was approved.

District of Columbia: Martha Cohen wrote that Secretary DeVos approves DC’s ESSA plan.

Oregon: Joanne Yatvin noted that the Oregon ESSA plan was approved.

Vermont: Anne Slonaker reported that Vermont’s ESSA plan was accepted.

Washington: Barbara Ward informed members that Washington was still seeking feedback on their consolidated plan until September 5, 2017.


Arizona: Tricia Parker described Save Our Schools Arizona as a grassroots organization fighting voucher expansion in Arizona. She also shared that YA author Meg Medina was the keynote speaker at the Arizona English Teachers Association [AETA]2017 Conference.  Tricia highlighted a number of bills opposed by AETA passed in Arizona’s 2016 Legislative Session, including replacing the word “teacher” with “person,” expanding the private school voucher program, and funding that did not provide a permanent salary increase for teachers and supported high-stakes testing.

Idaho: In Teachers Climbing the Ladder May Need a Boost, Darlene Dyer described the many steps teachers must take to qualify for a “Masters Teacher Premium.”

Louisiana: Jalissa Bates shared that Secretary Betsy Devos Visits Texas and Louisiana for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

New York: Derek Kulnis reported that New York City Offers Free Lunch to all 1.1 million students in the NYC public school system.

Oklahoma: Claudia Swisher described Deborah Gist’s volunteering to teach third grade in Amid Teacher Shortage, Tulsa Superintendent Returns to the Classroom. Claudia also reported that Jacob Rosecrants, a middle school teacher from Oklahoma, won a special election for House District 46. Claudia described the conflict over the accurate reporting of school funding in Is Oklahoma School Funding “Fake News?

Texas: In No Excuses, Teri Lesesne expressed the concern of many over the Commissioner of Education’s unwillingness to postpone state testing despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey on many students and schools.

Virginia: Leila Christenbury noted that public comments are open for standards of accreditation (8VAC20-131) until October 6, 2017. Comments can be submitted here.

Higher Education

California: Carol Olson reported that EdSource Expands Postsecondary Coverage in order to focus on the challenges faced by students graduating from high school.

Michigan: Robert Rozema shared that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Vows to Review and Repeal Obama-Era Sexual Assault Guidelines.

What Happened in Your State This November?

capitol buildingThis past month, eight policy analysts published reports about what occurred in the District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Robin Holland shared that Ohio Expands Preschools and Early Education by voting to allocate funds.

According to Kris Cody-Johnson, WI Superintendent Evers Examines School Funding Distribution in order to make funding between schools more equitable.

In Updates on Act 46: An Act related to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance, Anne Slonaker describes how towns in Vermont are merging into larger districts, impacting funding and school choice.

Kris Cody-Johnson cites the impact of school choice and vouchers on public schools in School Vouchers Grow in Wisconsin.

Janique Parrott reported in Mayor Bowser Nominates New Chancellor  that Antwan Wilson will be the next chancellor of DC public schools, noting Mr. Wilson’s support for charter schools and test-based accountability for teachers and students.

Darlene Dyer explored the Go-On Issues for Idaho, touching on Idaho’s push for 60 percent of Idaho’s citizens between 25 and 34 to earn a degree or certificate by 2020 and the reasons why they are struggling to achieve that percentage.

Ezra Hyland lists Grants for Minnesota Teachers from preschool through college. He also describes the Minnesota Charter School Segregation Challenge.

Clancy Ratliff shares Louisiana’s Standards for Students with Cognitive Disabilities and English Language Learners, also called the “Louisiana Connectors.”

In Welcome, Virginia Educators, Leila Christenbury lists a number of resources for Virginia educators. She also notes that the Proposed Notification of “Sexually Explicit” Texts Resurges as Virginia Board of Education Considers Revised Regulations.

Kris Cody-Johnson writes that a Wisconsin Bill Would Allow Licensed Guns at Private 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.