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Education in the 2021 State of the State Addresses

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is pledging to spend $100 million to repair aging schools. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wants to devote $45 million to career and technical education. And Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants to invest in summer learning, longer school days and tutoring to help students recover lost learning.

With the new year, comes a series of state of the state addresses from the nation’s governors. But the Covid-19 pandemic has put added pressure on state leaders to come up with the money needed to reopen schools safely and reduce gaps in education access and achievement. While the federal government has provided schools with a windfall in Covid relief funding, sharp declines in state revenue complicate efforts to fund education.

FutureEd is analyzing all of the forward-looking education initiatives emerging from the governors’ annual addresses. Updated as each speech occurs, the spreadsheet includes a page showing policy proposals and priorities for all states and categories, as well as individual sheets along the bottom for these topics: 

  • School reopening
  • Instruction and curriculum
  • Teaching profession
  • School choice
  • Higher education

View our state of the state spreadsheet

Read our analysis of federal Covid relief spending

View our 2020 state of the state analysis

Read our 2020 commentary for The 74