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Although the federal government has recently taken a larger role, funding education and setting education policy has traditionally been—and remains—primarily the responsibility of state and local governments. From pre-kindergarten to post-secondary, states are at the forefront in trying to adapt educational institutions to today’s realities and prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy.
CSG tracks trends in education and helps policymakers stay abreast of how changes in the economy, demographics, technology and society are likely to affect students and educational institutions in the future.







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Education | Interstate Compacts

Agreement on Qualifications of Education Personnel
This interstate agreement facilitates movement among the states of teachers and other professional educational personnel, and establishes procedures for the employment without reference to their state of origin. Eligibility is nationwide in scope.
Member states: AK, AL, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV


Compact for Pension Portability for Educators
Establishes procedures to enable professional employees of public schools, colleges and universities to transfer money and pensionable service between states. The purpose of the compact is to enable professional employees of public schools, colleges, and universities to move to states with shortages of such professionals, without these employees losing earned pension benefits. Any U.S. state, territory or possession, and the District of Columbia are eligible to join the compact. The compact becomes effective when two or more states enact statutes adopting it. It does not reference congressional consent.
Member states: RI


Interstate Compact for Education
Establishes a commission to serve as an information center on educational matters and to provide a forum for the development of educational policy. Compact eligibility is nationwide in scope.
Member states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY


Interstate Library Compact
Authorizes state, local and private libraries to enter into agreements for provision of services and utilization of facilities on an interstate basis, including the creation of joint library districts. Compact eligibility is nationwide in scope.
Member states: AL, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY


Maine-New Hampshire School District Compact
Authorizes interstate school districts in Maine and New Hampshire, and permits consolidation of elementary and secondary schools, when appropriate. Congressional consent is required.
Member states: ME, NH


Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Established in 1991 as an interstate compact agency, the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is charged with promoting interstate cooperation and resource sharing in higher education.
Member states: IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, WI


New England Higher Education Compact
Establishes a board to foster development and joint use of higher education resources among the six New England states.
Member states: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT


New Hampshire-Vermont Interstate School Compact
Establishes a planning committee for the purpose of increasing educational opportunities in Vermont and New Hampshire by encouraging the formation of interstate school districts.
Member states: NH, VT
New Hampshire-Vermont Interstate School Compact (Dresden or Hanover-Norwich School District)
Establishes an interstate school district between Hanover, N.H., and Norwich, Vt.
Member states: NH, VT


Southern Regional Education Compact
Establishes a board to foster development and joint use of higher education facilities throughout the region, to generally advance elementary, secondary and higher education and improve the social and economic life of the South.
Member states: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV


Western Regional Higher Education Compact
Creates a regional commission to help Western states increase educational opportunities for their citizens, improve colleges and universities, expand the supply of specialized manpower, and inform the public about the needs of higher education.
Member states: AL, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Visit the National Center for Interstate Compacts for more information!




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Education | Meetings and Conferences

Past Meetings

State Summits on Emerging Trends in Mental Health
These summits provided information about mental health care for college-age adolescents through adulthood, addressing the economic impact of inadequate mental health care, and availability of screening and treatment both on campuses and in the community. Through discussion with experts and other state leaders, attendees built support for implementation of policies to ensure effective mental health care in their states. These meetings were conducted in: June 24, 2008, Lansing, Mich.
Presentations from the meeting:

July 8, 2008, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Presentations from the meeting:





Education | Policy Task Force


  1. Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum, Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov. 11-14
  2. Final Agenda: "State Pre-K Programming: Challenges and Successes"
  3. Kathy Patterson: Federal Support for High-Quality Pre-K for All
  4. W. Steven Barnett: Economics of Quality Pre-K
  5. Ramona Paul, Early Childhood/Family Education


Education | State Legislation

Suggested State Legislation
  1. Fast Track to College (2009)
  2. Freedom of Speech in School-Sponsored Media (2009)
  3. Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity (2009)
  4. Security Assessments and Assistance for Schools and Emergency Response Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (2009)
  5. Special Needs Scholarships (2009)
  6. Student Lending Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement (2009)
  7. Trans Fats and Schools (2009)
  8. Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (2009)
  9. Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Students (2008)
  10. Office of Learning Technology, (2008)
  11. Schoolchildren Health (2008)
  12. Parental Choice in Education, (2008)
  13. Care of Students with Diabetes in School, (2007)
  14. No Child Left Behind/Implementing Federal Education Programs (2007) 75-80
  15. Digital or Online Learning (2007)
  16. Permissible Use of Seclusion and Restraint (2007)
  17. High School Student Athletes and Anabolic Steroids (2006)
  18. Public School Academic Facilities Program (2006)
  19. Master School Principal Program (2005)
  20. Student Records (2005)
  21. Campus Sex Offender Registration (2004)
  22. Campus Sexual Assault Information (2004)
  23. College Athlete Recruiting Rules (2004)
  24. High School Diploma Civics Education Seal (2004)
  25. Public School Volunteer Health Care Practitioners (2004)
  26. Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors by Pupils and Campers with Severe Allergies (2004)
  27. Use of Inhalers by Pupils and Campers with Asthma (2004)




Education | State Programs

Innovations Awards
Winner - Hawaii - 2003 - Hawaii 3Rs: Repair, Remodel and Restore Program
This program matches public funds with volunteers from private industry, reducing the $450 million of needed maintenance and repairs in the state’s schools and promoting community involvement in the school system.
Winner - Iowa - 2003 - Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program
This program places college graduate and upper level undergraduate students in Iowa's businesses, industries and governmental agencies for a 12-week period to help identify, evaluate and implement ecological and economical solutions for specific environmental issues or problems.
Winner - Pennsylvania - 2003 - Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership
Through this program, mobile educators are able to work directly with classroom teachers and deliver fully prepared experimental materials and equipment to ensure that state-of-the-art, hands-on laboratory experiences in biology and chemistry are a regular part of the science curriculum for secondary students throughout Pennsylvania regardless of school district wealth.
Winner - Washington - 2003 - Tri-Phase Initiative
State architects, engineers, project managers and facility planners provide condition assessment, project cost estimates, capital planning, project management and public works training to the state’s 297 school districts, bringing professional state facilities expertise and resources to K-12 school facility projects.
Alternate - Minnesota - 2005 - eFolio Minnesota
This program provides Minnesota students and residents the ability to construct and deploy a free, multimedia, Web-based showcase of their educational and work force accomplishments.
Alternate - Washington - 2004 - Spokane Youth Social Responsibility Project
In a cooperative effort between the state Department of Corrections and high schools in the Spokane area, this program offers social responsibility training classes to at-risk high school students. The idea behind the program is to correct the negative behavior of at-risk students before they become involved in the criminal justice system.
Alternate - Wisconsin - 2004 - School Aids Financial Reporting (SAFR)
Enabling school districts to submit data via the Internet to the state Department of Education, this program helps the state calculate and distribute $4.2 billion in general aid to 426 school districts.
Finalist - Tennessee - 2005 - Exemplary Educator (EE)
This targeted technical assistance program, which assists high priority state-identified schools in reading, language, math and writing, utilizes the expertise of recently retired exemplary educators. Over the past four years, approximately one-third of Tennessee's initially identified schools have moved off the list with the help of this program.
Finalist - Nevada - 2004 - Academic Preparation for Limited English Speakers
This program helps increase the English language skills and computer literacy of academically under-prepared, limited English proficient adults who reside in Clark County, Nev. The program also offers academic and career guidance to participants.
Finalist - South Dakota - 2004 - Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow
This program provides K-12 students with information about academic, technical and professional requirements for careers in health care.
Finalist - Connecticut - 2003 - Higher Education Asset Protection Program
This program evaluates the condition of Connecticut’s public higher education facilities through a comprehensive facility condition assessment. The program includes physical inspections of buildings and uses a Web-based database application to assist each institution with capital planning and management.
Finalist - Delaware - 2003 - Models of Excellence in Education
This initiative identifies schools that improve student achievement and seeks to learn from their success, and to recognize and share their “best practices” with other schools, fostering the development of a statewide education network designed to improve the performance of all schools.
Finalist - Illinois - 2003 - After-school Initiative Task Force
Co-chaired by the Department of Human Services and the State Board of Education, this task force brought together leaders in youth development, human services and education to evaluate and coordinate the state’s after-school services.
This multipurpose initiative takes donated computers – thereby reducing the amount of electronic waste in public landfills – refurbishes them, and distributes them to needy schools. Prison inmates and high school students learn how to refurbish the machines, which gives them marketable skills.
Finalist - Michigan - 2003 - Wireless Learning (aka Learning Without Limits)
This program is designed to improve student achievement by providing K-12 students access to 21st century learning tools, and eventually to achieve one-to-one access to wireless computing in all Michigan schools. The program provides funds for computers, software and related expenses.





Education | Publications

  1. "Focus on: P 16/20 School Governance" A Trends in America Special Report, August 2009.
  2. "Advanced Placement in Rural Places," State News, September 2009.
  3. "Focus on Early College High Schools," Trends in America Special Report, August 2009.
  4. "More Than Sidewalks," State News, January 2009.
  1. "Dark Days at School: Some States Allow School Districts to Shorten Week to Cut Costs," State News, Nov./Dec. 2008.
  2. "Funding the Future: States Strive to Make Higher Education Affordable," State News, Aug. 2008.
  3. "Support for Learning: Schools Focus on Mental Health Issues to Keep Students Engaged," State News, May 2008.
  4. "Early Learners: Many States Expanding Funding for Preschool Programs," State News, April 2008.
  5. "An APPLE for the Students: Initiative Aims to Get More Revenue-Generating Western Land for School Trusts," State News, March 2008.
  6. "Military Moves: New Compact Aims to Ease Education Challenges Faced by Military Children After Parent's Transfer," State News, Feb. 2008.
  1. "Changing Course: Redesign Efforts Aim to Improve Nation's High Schools," State News, Nov./Dec. 2007.
  2. "It's What You Know: U.S. Universities Strive to Compete in Knowledge-Based Economy," State News, Oct. 2007.
  3. "NCLB: Not as Easy as ABCs," State News, May 2007.
  4. "States Look to Boost Graduation Rates, Put More Students on Track for College," Firstline Midwest, April 2007.
  5. "States Get a Head Start," State News, March 2007.
  6. "Raising the Bar: Plans Seek Change in How Much, and How, Teachers are Paid,"Stateline Midwest, March 2007.
  1. “Wired for Success: Schools Using More Technology to Educate Students,” State News, October 2006.
  2. "Bonus Points for Teachers,” State News, April 2006.
  3. “Changing Economy, Poor Test Scores Add Up to New Math and Science Proposals,” Firstline Midwest, April 2006.
  4. “States of Progress: Governors Outline Plans for the Future in State of the State Messages,” State News, March 2006.
  5. “Skills to Work: States Seek Better Link Between Education Systems, Career Needs,” Stateline Midwest, March 2006.
  6. “States May Be Next Step in Debate Over Evolution Instruction,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2006.
  7. “Agendas For ’06: State of the States Include Ideas to Bolster Education, Health Care,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2006.
  8. “Plan Aims to Cut Overhead, Targets Savings for Indiana Classrooms,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2006.
  1. Higher Education Information Tables, The Book of the States, 2005.
  2. “Issues in Faculty Salaries and Higher Education Financing,” The Book of the States, 2005.
  3. “No Child Left Behind: A Perspective,” The Book of the States, 2005.
  4. Trends in America: Navigating Turbulence to Success, Dec. 2005.
  5. “Learning Curve: North Dakota Adjusts to Changes in Era of No Child Left Behind,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2005.
  6. “Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead,” State News, Aug. 2005.
  7. “Concerns about College Costs Intensify as Need for Higher Education Increases,” Firstline Midwest, Sept. 2005.
  8. “Changes Seen in State Education Systems’ Use of Technology,” Stateline Midwest, June 2005.
  9. Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead, June 2005.
  10. “Increasing Educational Opportunities: Improving State Policy to Offer Higher Education to All,” State News, June/July 2005.
  11. “Charter Schools’ Growth Increases States’ Interest in its Impact on K-12 Education,” Firstline Midwest, May 2005.
  12. “Governors’ Initiatives in 2005: Facing Up to the Problem?” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  13. “The Challenges Facing the Eastern Region and Partners,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  14. “Forecast for the South: Partly Sunny Skies with a Chance of Rain,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  15. “Recruiting and Retaining Teachers,” State News, May 2005.
  16. New School Voucher Plans Considered in Indiana and Ohio,” Stateline Midwest, April 2005.
  17. “Students’ Performance, Preparedness Levels a Concern for State Policymakers,” Firstline Midwest, March 2005.
  18. “North Dakota Plan Centers on University-Business Partnerships,” Stateline Midwest, March 2005.
  19. “What’s at Stake for States in the 109th Congress?” State News, March 2005.
  20. “States Stride Forward: Solutions in Governors’ State of the State Messages Bridge Party Lines,” State News, March 2005.
  21. “10 Change Drivers for the Future,” State News, Jan. 2005.
  22. “Healthy Schools, State Solutions: Fixing the Sedentary and the Super-Sized in School Systems,” State News, Jan. 2005.
  23. “Healthy Schools, State Solutions: Physical Education, Activity and Fitness,” School House Times, Jan. 2005.
  24. “Kansas Lawmakers Told by Court to Increase School Funding,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2005.
  25. “Wisconsin Considers New Proposals to Help its Rural Schools,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2005.
  1. “Kansas Seeks New Answers to Old Problem—School Funding,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2004.
  2. “Community Colleges Growing in Number, Role in State Education Systems Expanding,” Firstline Midwest, Nov. 2004.
  3. “Implementing No Child Left Behind,” State News, Oct. 2004.
  4. “Higher Standard: States Strengthen High School Curricula and Requirements,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2004.
  5. “Healthy Schools, State Solutions: State Nutrition Standards,” School House Times, Oct. 2004.
  6. “Educating Immigrants and Their Children,” State News, Oct. 2004.
  7. Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems, Southern Legislative Conference, Oct. 2004.
  8. “The Perfect Storm in Higher Education,” Spectrum, Fall 2004.
  9. TrendsAlert: Educating Immigrants, Sept. 2004.
  10. “Programs Seek to Improve Child Nutrition, Help Local Farmers,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2004.
  11. “Illinois Adds New Laws to Curb Schools’ Dropouts,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2004.
  12. “Trends Forum: A Look Ahead in Alaska,” State News, Sept. 2004.
  13. “States Foster College Savings Revolution,” State News, Sept. 2004.
  14. Issue Brief: Implementing No Child Left Behind, Eastern Regional Conference, Sept. 2004.
  15. “States Adopt Technology,” State News, Aug. 2004.
  16. “Trends Worth Watching,” State News, June/July 2004.
  17. “Healthy Schools, State Solutions: An Overview of Physical Activity and Nutrition Policies Across States and Districts,” School House Times, June 2004.
  18. “Education Priorities, Budget Constraints Sometimes Leave Gifted Students Neglected,” Firstline Midwest, June 2004.
  19. “A Healthy Partnership: Innovative Farm to School Programs Address Childhood Nutrition,” State News, May 2004.
  20. “Immigration’s Impact on States,” State News, May 2004.
  21. “Learning More at Early Age Increasingly Seen as Vital to Success of Students,” Firstline Midwest, May 2004.
  22. “Lawmakers Work With Schools to Teach ‘Democracy Appreciation,’” Stateline Midwest, May 2004.
  23. “Anniversary of Brown Decision Leads to Questions about Its Legacy,” Stateline Midwest, May 2004.
  24. Acing the Boards: Southern Student Participation and Performance on the SAT, Southern Legislative Conference, May 2004.
  25. “Tweaking NCLB: States Given More Time to Meet Needs of English-Learning Students,” State News, April 2004.
  26. "Key Issues: CSG Task Forces Consider Emerging Trends,” State News, April 2004.
  27. “Hard-to-Staff Schools Underscore States’ Teacher Quality Challenges,” Stateline Midwest, April 2004.
  28. “The Juvenile Justice Jam: State Officials Point to Schools as a Primary Source of Strain,” State Government News, March 2004.
  29. “State of the States,” State Government News, March 2004.
  30. “Have You Spotted This Trend? ‘Green’ Schools Can Reduce Costs, Raise Scores,” State Government News, March 2004.
  31. “The Home School Debate,” State Government News, Feb. 2004.
  32. “The Business of Education,” State Government News, Jan. 2004.
  33. “Measures Seek to Expand Number, Types of Charter Schools,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2004.
  34. “Off to a Good Start: Governors’ Speeches Focus on Young Learners, Economic Growth,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2004.
  35. “Efforts to Close Student Achievement Gaps Intensify as Alarming Disparities Continue,” Firstline Midwest, Feb. 2004.
  36. “What’s in the Cards for 2004?” State Government News, Jan. 2004.
  1. “Interest, Enrollment Increasing in States’ Online Schools,” Stateline Midwest, Dec. 2003.
  2. “States Change With Technology,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2003.
  3. “Forum Addresses State Policies,” State Government News, Oct. 2003.
  4. “Sewing Up Success: Seamless Education System Critical to Improving Student Achievement,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2003.
  5. Status of Rural Education in the South: A Survey of Key Indicators, Southern Legislative Conference, Oct. 2003.
  6. “Finding Focus: The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Issues First Policy Report,” State Government News, Oct. 2003.
  7. “Privatization in State Government: Trends and Issues,” Spectrum, Fall 2003.
  8. “College Tuition Rises as States Cut Higher Education Budgets,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2003.
  9. “Helping Families Save for College,” State Government News, Sept. 2003.
  10. “Have You Spotted This Trend?” State Government News, Sept. 2003.
  11. “Hispanic Legislators Lead Discussion on Ways to Help Immigrants,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2003.
  12. “Judicial Legislating,” State Government News, Aug. 2003.
  13. “Will the NCLB Help Rural Schools?” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  14. “Controversy Surrounds Reading First,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  15. “Interstate Cooperation,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  16. “School Choice Gains Momentum,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  17. Filling in the Gaps: Solving Teacher ShortagesTeacher Recruitment, Licensure and Retention in the Southern States, Southern Legislative Conference, April 2003.
  18. “Hard Times Generate New Ideas,” State Government News, May 2003.
  19. “Federalizing Education: States Struggle With Decreased Autonomy and Increased Costs as They Try to Implement No Child Left Behind,” State Government News, April 2003.
  20. “Federalism: Finding the Balance,” State Government News, April 2003.
  21. “Making Dreams Come True: Section 529 College Savings Plans Increase Access to Higher Education for Low- and Middle-Income Families,” State Government News, April 2003.
  22. “Finding Consensus on School Consolidation is Not an Easy Task,” Stateline Midwest, March 2003.
  23. “Preventing Childhood Obesity,” State Government News, Feb. 2003.
  24. “School Funding Changes Still a Priority, but Budgets Limit Options,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2003.
  25. “States’ Prepaid College Tuition Plans Hit by Financial Difficulties,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2003.
  26. “School Choice Supporters Poised for a New Legislative Push in State Capitols,” Firstline Midwest, Jan. 2003.
  27. “Top Trends for 2003,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  28. “Education Funding Squeeze,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.


  1. Signs of the Times: Midwestern Demographic Trends and Their Implications for Public Policy, The Council of State Governments Midwest, 2002.
  2. “Health Care 101: A New CSG Survey Finds Growing Awareness of the Need for Health Literacy Initiatives,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2002.
  3. “Rise in Immigration Brings Questions about Education Cost, Access,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2002.
  4. “State Hopeful After-School Initiatives Can Curb Crime, Boost Student Achievement,” Firstline Midwest, Aug./Sept. 2002.
  5. “Show Me the Money: Budget Shortfalls Dominated the 2002 Legislative Sessions,” State Government News, Aug. 2002.
  6. “Teachers Use Lessons from Classroom in Their Work as Legislators,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2002.
  7. Adjusting to New Era: States React to Education Challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2002.
  8. “Ridge Approach: A New Trend?” State Government News, June/July 2002.
  9. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001—Leaving the States Behind? Southern Legislative Conference, June 2002.
  10. “A Medical Misunderstanding: The Effect of Low Health Literacy on Health Care,” State Government News, May 2002.
  11. “Doing More With Less in State Government,” State Government News, May 2002.
  12. “Raising Dollars for Education,” State Government News, April 2002.
  13. “Have You Spotted These Trends?” State Government News, April 2002.
  14. “Education Act in State Hands,” State Government News, March 2002.
  15. “Forecasting Trends in the States,” State Government News, March 2002.
  16. “Computer Literacy a Vital Part of Michigan’s Education Plans,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2002.
  17. “Dorm Sprinklers: Retrofitting Is In,” State Government News, Jan. 2002.
  18. “Access to Ideas: CSG Helps Legislators Find Out What Laws Other States Are Enacting in a Variety of Areas,” State Government News, Jan. 2002.
  19. “Changes in Economy Underscore Importance of Adult Education,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2002.
  1. “Poor Test Scores of Illinois Teachers Focus of Senate Hearing,” Stateline Midwest, Dec. 2001.
  2. “Trends in 2001 Sessions,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2001.
  3. “How Do Kindergarten Programs Differ?” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2001.
  4. “Reforming School Finance,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2001.
  5. “Higher Education Up for Cuts as a Result of Budget Crunch,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2001.
  6. “Interest Level in College Savings Plans Rises Thanks to More Choices, Better Benefits,” Firstline Midwest, July/Aug. 2001.
  7. “More Federal Dollars Sought for Special Education Needs,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2001.
  8. “A Raise in Pay: Iowa Bill Highlights State Actions to Improve Salaries of Teachers,” Stateline Midwest, July 2001.
  9. “Initiatives Aim to Cause, Eradicate Root Causes of School Violence,” Stateline Midwest, June 2001.
  10. “States Seek to Raise Grades,” State Government News, May 2001.
  11. “States Struggle to Close Achievement Gap Among Students,” Stateline Midwest, May 2001.
  12. “Scouting Trends in the States,” State Government News, April 2001.
  13. “Virtual Schools Offer Students More Choices, Advanced Classes,” Stateline Midwest, April 2001.
  14. “Small, Rural Schools Face Uncertain Future Due to Predictions of Declining Enrollment,” Firstline Midwest, March 2001.
  15. “What’s Big in 2001,” State Government News, Feb. 2001.
  16. “Report Highlights Strengths, Weaknesses of College Systems,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2001.
  17. 8 for the States: Top Issues for the 2001 Legislative Sessions, The Council of State Governments Midwest, 2001.
  1. Addressing the Skill Shortage: A Report from the Midwestern Workforce Development Policy Forum, The Council of State Governments Midwest, Nov. 2000.
  2. “Bridging the Digital Divide,” State Government News, Oct. 2000.
  3. “Teaching Safe Driving,” State Government News, Oct. 2000.
  4. “New Plans Proposed to Ease Teacher Shortages in Midwest,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2000.
  5. “States Re-examine Efforts to Improve Education Assessment, Accountability,” Firstline Midwest, Sept. 2000.
  6. “Religious Issues and Elections,” State Government News, Aug. 2000.
  7. “Legislators Seek School-Funding Solution After Court Ruling,” Stateline Midwest, July 2000.
  8. “Habla Espanol? Difficulty Hiring Bilingual Teachers,” State Government News, May 2000.
  9. “Breeding, Budgeting and Bible Verses,” State Government News, May 2000.
  10. “States Take Closer Look at Effectiveness of Graduation Exams,” Stateline Midwest, April 2000.
  11. Making a Safe Haven: A Review of School Safety Status, Perceptions and Practices in the South, Southern Legislative Conference, April 2000.
  12. “Desperately Seeking Teachers,” State Government News, March 2000.
  13. “Wanted: A Skilled Work Force,” State Government News, March 2000.
  14. Early Parental Involvement is Key to Proposed Truancy Laws,” Stateline Midwest, March 2000.
  15. “Agenda 2000,” State Government News, Jan. 2000.
  16. “Johnny Be Good: Teaching Students Character Traits,” State Government News, Jan. 2000.
  17. “Debate Over Charter Schools Heats Up in Michigan,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2000.
  18. “States Consider Ways to Consolidate Struggling School Districts,” Stateline Midwest, January 2000.




Education | Policy Positions & Resolutions

  1. Dropout Prevention
  2. NCLB Reauthorization
  1. Supporting Permanency for Beneficial Tax Treatment of College Savings Plans
  1. Consequences of Transferring the Head Start Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Department of Education
  2. Multiple Testing to Determine Student Placement
  3. Support of Farm to School Programs