State Policy

Governors’ education priorities and states legislative trends on school funding, pandemic responses, parent rights and other education topics

The Big Test: The Future of Statewide Standardized Assessments

The backlash against standardized testing that has changed how states evaluate students

State Education Funding: The Poverty Equation

A breakdown of each state’s education funding and how equitably it’s being distributed

The Hidden Provision Driving Tax Breaks for Private School Tuition

A federal tax provision allowing families to devote money tax free to private school tuition

Scaling Reform: Tennessee’s Statewide Teacher Transformation

Tennessee’s redesign of its teaching profession

Education in Governors’ 2023 State-of-the-State Addresses

Governors’ 2023 education priorities in their state-of-the-state addresses

The Pandemic and the Teacher Pay Problem

How the pandemic disrupted teacher pension systems

State Policy

Legislative Trackers

Nationwide summaries of state legislative action on key education issues

Legislative Tracker: Parent-Rights Bills in the States

Up-to-date information on legislation providing parents more say on what’s taught in schools

What’s Behind The Legislative Push to Ban Transgender Athletes

State legislators’ efforts to ban transgender athletes from participating in school sports

State Legislation Restricting the Teaching of Racial History

Lawmakers’ work to reduce instruction on race

State Policy

By the Numbers

Charter School Laws

  • 45

    States, plus DC, that have passed laws allowing public charter schools as of Dec. 2022

  • 3.7 million

    Public charter school students in the U.S., 2020-21

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

NAEP Scores 2022

  • 5 points

    Decline in NAEP reading scores between 2020 and 2022

  • 7 points

    Decline in NAEP math scores

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress 2022

Mental Health Laws

  • 38

    States that enacted laws providing resources to support mental well-being in K-12 schools last year

  • 16

    States that require staff training on recognizing and responding to mental distress in students

Source: Pew Charitable Trust

State Policy

All Work

Education in Governors’ 2023 State-of-the-State Addresses

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A State’s Strategy for Tracking the Impact of Schools’ Covid-Relief Aid

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Billion Dollar Question: How Connecticut School Districts Plan to Spend Covid-Relief Funds

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Legislative Tracker: Parent-Rights Bills in the States

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How to Think About Statewide Standardized Testing in 2022

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Leaning In: The New Power of Parents in Public Education

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Governors Push for Teachers Pay, Parents Rights, and Job Training

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Smart State Strategies for Building Intensive Tutoring Systems

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Education in the 2022 State-of-the-State Addresses

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Invisible Students: The Information Crisis in Early Education

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What’s Behind The Legislative Push to Ban Transgender Athletes

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State Guidance for High-Impact Tutoring

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The Churn

The latest leadership changes in the education sector

Events

Upcoming events at FutureEd and across the education policy world

FutureEd in the News

Media mentions and our work on other platforms