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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.