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  • North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options the state has for the assessment of students during a press conference May 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.
    North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options for student assessment during a press conference May 8, 2015, in Bismarck, N.D. Baesler, the nation's longest-serving state schools chief, is running for a fourth term, facing opponents with no experience serving in public schools.
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    States The Surprising Contenders for State Superintendent Offices This Year
    Two elections for the top education leadership job feature candidates who have never worked in public schools.
    Libby Stanford, June 17, 2024
    8 min read
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    States Does a Ten Commandments Display in Classrooms Violate the Constitution?
    Louisiana is poised to become the first state to require all schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms.
    Libby Stanford, June 13, 2024
    7 min read
    Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri.
    Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Mo. Vandeven is stepping down from her position after more than eight years on the job.
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    States Q&A 'Politics Does Not Belong in Education,' Says a Departing State Schools Chief
    Improving student outcomes requires finding common ground, says Missouri's long-serving education commissioner, Margie Vandeven.
    Libby Stanford, June 4, 2024
    9 min read
    A man stands behind a row of electronic voting machines covered with yellow privacy shields as he uses a touch screen to vote.
    A lone voter casts his ballot for Super Tuesday at a polling station in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on March 5, 2024.
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    States Should Voters Decide What Schools Teach?
    Californians may vote to require a new high school finance course. Critics argue it sets a bad precedent.
    Evie Blad, May 30, 2024
    6 min read
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    States Is Bipartisan Education Policy Still Possible?
    It's still possible to forge cross-party education policy coalitions, advocates said.
    Evie Blad, May 22, 2024
    5 min read
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters presides over a special state Board of Education meeting on April 12, 2023, in Oklahoma City.
    Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters presides over a state Board of Education meeting about Title IX regulations on April 12, 2023, in Oklahoma City. The state is among several whose leaders plan to defy new Biden administration regulations on Title IX, which covers sex discrimination.
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    States States Direct Districts to Defy New Title IX Rule on Transgender Students
    Some districts could be in a perilous legal squeeze play between their states and the feds.
    Evie Blad, April 26, 2024
    4 min read
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    States Superintendent Vacancies Are High. Is Loosening Requirements a Good Idea?
    Wisconsin's governor, a former educator, vetoed a bill that would have waived licensure requirements for district leaders.
    Evie Blad, April 22, 2024
    3 min read
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    States Is Tutoring at Risk? States Stretch to Keep Funding in Place
    States are using a variety of ways to ensure that tutoring programs can continue.
    Olina Banerji, April 8, 2024
    6 min read
    Heidi Griebel and Josie Wahl participate in carpentry class at Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 7, 2019.
    Heidi Griebel and Josie Wahl participate in carpentry class at Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 7, 2019. CTE programs were a core theme of several governors' state addresses in 2024.
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    States Republican and Democratic Governors Both Are Touting This K-12 Priority
    Workforce readiness and career and technical education were the most common education themes in governors' state of the state addresses.
    Evie Blad, March 20, 2024
    6 min read
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    States School Chaplain Bills Multiply, Stirring Debate on Faith-Based Counseling
    Proponents say school chaplains could help address a mental health crisis. Opponents raise concerns about religious coercion.
    Evie Blad, March 15, 2024
    6 min read
    Gov. Brad Little provides his vision for the 2024 Idaho Legislative session during his State of the State address on Jan. 8, 2024, at the Statehouse in Boise.
    Idaho Gov. Brad Little outlines his priorities during his State of the State address before lawmakers on Jan. 8, 2024, at the capitol in Boise.
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    States What's on the K-12 Agenda for States This Year? 4 Takeaways
    Reading instruction, private school choice, and teacher pay are among the issues leading governors' K-12 education agendas.
    Mark Lieberman, January 30, 2024
    6 min read
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    States Q&A How Districts Can Navigate Tricky Questions Raised by Parents' Rights Laws
    Where does a parent's authority stop and a school's authority begin? A constitutional law scholar weighs in.
    Caitlynn Peetz, January 9, 2024
    6 min read
    The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. President Joe Biden on Tuesday night will stand before a joint session of Congress for the first time since voters in the midterm elections handed control of the House to Republicans.
    The rising role of artificial intelligence in education and other sectors will likely be a hot topic in 2024 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as well as in state legislatures across the country.
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    States What 2024 Will Bring for K-12 Policy: 5 Issues to Watch
    School choice, teacher pay, and AI will likely dominate education policy debates.
    Libby Stanford, December 29, 2023
    7 min read
    People hold signs during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, as opponents crowd the statehouse grounds with flags and banners, including some reading "My Child, My Choice."
    People hold signs during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 13, 2020, opposing legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren. In North Carolina, a bill passed to protect parents' rights in schools caused uncertainty that led two districts to pause a child sex abuse prevention program out of fear it would violate the new law.
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    States How a Parents' Rights Law Halted a Child Abuse Prevention Program
    State laws that have passed as part of the parents' rights movement have caused confusion and uncertainty over what schools can teach.
    Libby Stanford & Caitlynn Peetz, December 21, 2023
    7 min read
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    States More States Are Creating a 'Portrait of a Graduate.' Here's Why
    A portrait of a graduate is a guiding document outlining a vision of what it means to be a successful student.
    Libby Stanford, December 11, 2023
    8 min read