ECS State Policy


2022 State of the State Addresses

Education-Related Proposals

The following summary includes education-related proposals from the 2022 state of the state address. To assure that this information reaches you in a timely manner, minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) or format.   [+]  Expand All
 
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[+] Alabama: Governor Kay Ivey's State of the State Address
Curriculum
  • States that students will be focused on core curriculum, developing math skills and mastering science and writing.
 
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Finance
  • Praised the state for using CARES Act funding for classrooms.
  • Proposed funding for after school programs to help students get back on track.
  • Notes increases in investments in students from PreK to higher education.
 
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Health
  • Notes the state is providing needed resources for services like autism therapy and school-based mental health care.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Contends that a focus on core curriculum will result in students being proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.
  • States that implementing the Alabama Literacy Act will be a must.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Asserts that every student should be receiving in-person learning.
 
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STEM
  • Announced support for legislation to create a Math Task Force that will make recommendations on recruiting and retaining math teachers, increasing support for struggling students, as well as for evaluating the quality of our assessments, learning materials and standards.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Challenged the state schools, communities, citizens and leaders to pledge to no longer accept the existence of a failing elementary school in the state.
  • Proposed resources to support grants for failing elementary schools, customized to the particular needs of each of the struggling schools.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed a 4 percent pay increase for teachers.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Endeavors to ensure the state recruits and retains good teachers.
  • Notes that the state is expanding funding to math and science teachers.
 
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[+] Alaska: Governor Mike Dunleavy's State of the State Address
Choice of Schools--Charter Schools
  • Expressed support for schools of choice.
 
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Finance
  • Proposes a budget that fully funds education, school bond debt reimbursement and University scholarships.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Recognized parents are the most essential part of a student's education.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Issued a $2.1 million grant to the University of Alaska Anchorage Nursing School to recruit and retain additional faculty to train and graduate more registered nurses.
  • Includes a budget proposal to increase to 30, from 20, the number of seat in the WWAMI program, to train Alaskan doctors at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Highlights the importance of ensuring students hit benchmark skills in reading and math.
 
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[+] Arizona: Governor Doug Ducey's State of the State Address
Choice of Schools--Choice/Open Enrollment
  • Praised Arizona and state education leaders for working to make the state the number one school choice state in the nation.
  • Proposed expanding school choice any way possible.
 
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Curriculum
  • Proposed a requirement that all curriculum and academic material be posted online, available for public review.
 
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Equity
  • Noted that students of color and students living in poverty have been most impacted by the pandemic.
 
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Instructional Approaches
  • Noted that some families opted for homeschooling or microschooling learning models because of the pandemic.
  • Asserted that students should be taught to think critically.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Proposed launching a program to waive tuition for spouses of military veterans.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Announced a summer camp, with an emphasis on catching up learning on math, reading and American civics.
  • Praised community leaders for creating new learning models where students receive personalized support, with a focus on making students feel safe which led to gains in academic excellence.
 
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[+] Arkansas: Governor Asa Hutchinson's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Noted education funding increases his administration has made.
  • Proposed funding increase for education.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Noted that schools stayed open during the pandemic.
 
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STEM
  • Noted the increase in opportunities in computer science education for students.
  • Highlighted the opportunities that computer science education will provide students, including high-paying job prospects.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Noted investments his administration has made in giving teachers raises.
 
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[+] California: Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State Address
Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
  • Highlighted the state's efforts to provide expanded summer school to students.
 
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Choice of Schools--Choice/Open Enrollment
  • Highlighted efforts to create choices for parents and unprecedented support for their children.
 
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Health
  • Discussed the state's efforts to provide universal, nutritious free school meals for students.
 
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P-3 Kindergarten
  • Noted support for transitional kindergarten for all, including nine hours of enrichment a day with true universal before- and after-school programs.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Celebrated the provision of millions of new child college savings accounts.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Highlighted free community college programs in California.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Emphasized the importance of the state's community colleges and public universities for the role they play as the state's conveyor belt of talent.
 
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[+] Colorado: Governor Jared Polis's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Announced a K-12 investment plan for K-12 schools that will reduce the Budget Stabilization Factor to a 13-year low.
  • Plans to increase per-pupil funding by approximately $12-13,000 per classroom, supporting smaller class sizes and enhanced teacher pay.
  • Asserted the importance of setting aside money to keep up with these investments in the future.
 
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Health
  • Praised students for Central High School in Mesa County who, with the help of school staff, held vaccination clinics.
  • Noted the importance of partnering with school districts to address behavioral health needs.
  • Highlighted health supplies that have been distributed for free to students and school staff, including testing supplies and over two million free, medical-grade masks.
  • Noted that on-site vaccine clinics are available to all eligible students and staff members.
 
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Leadership--District Superintendent
  • Highlighted the work of school superintendents and local public health leaders to bring Colorado children back to the classroom.
 
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P-3 Kindergarten
  • Noted that the state has successfully established free, full-day kindergarten and universal preschool.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Praised education leaders for their focus on implementing free, universal preschool by 2023.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Proposed stronger support of postsecondary institutions, including expanding available financial aid and investments to reduce costs and keep tuition flat.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Noted the efforts of the Workforce Task Force and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education for creating a thriving workforce.
 
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School Safety
  • Committed to making safety improvements in schools.
 
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[+] Connecticut: Governor Ned Lamont's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Noted investing in education, workforce development, and mental health as an important crime prevention strategy.
 
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Health
  • Noted the importance of summer learning camps and clinics, and in-person learning for student mental health.
  • Praised schools for hiring counselors to support students.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Highlighted efforts to hold down the cost of college tuition.
  • Noted the expansion of a tax credit for small businesses that help repay their employees' student loans.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Highlighted workforce development investments in the state budget, including a focus on trade schools, apprentice programs, and tuition-free certificate programs.
  • Noted that this investment will train over 10,000 students and job seekers this year in courses designed by businesses around the skills that they need.
  • Noted partnerships with trade unions to develop programs for the next generation of laser welders and pipefitters.
  • Praised a partnership between Hartford Hospital and Quinnipiac University to help develop the next generation of healthcare workers.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised teachers for showing up for the state's schools and recognizing the importance of in-person learning.
  • Highlighted the state's conversion to all-electric school buses, which is underway.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Noted investments in teachers, counselors, and after-school programs to help students get back on track.
 
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Technology
  • Highlighted free Wi-Fi in schools.
  • Noted the importance of e-learning.
 
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[+] Delaware: Governor John Carney's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Announced expansion of Pathways programs in public middle schools and high schools to reach more than 6,000 middle school students and 80 percent of high school students.
 
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Curriculum
  • Expressed pride in signing a bill ensuring that a robust, accurate, Black history curriculum is taught in Delaware public schools.
 
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Equity
  • Highlighted permanent new resources to support low-income students and English learners in public schools.
 
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Finance
  • Highlighted investment of over $300 million in the next two years for new school construction.
  • Proposed investing classrooms by expanding Opportunity Funding.
 
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Integrated Services/Full-Service Schools
  • Highlighted the Wilmington Learning Collaborative as a model that will place more decision-making in the hands of educators and local communities, and offer more support for students, families, and teachers.
 
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P-3
  • Praised the investment in K-3 basic special education.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Highlighted the work of the Delaware Innovation Space, a partnership with the University of Delaware and DuPont at the Experimental Station to support startup tech companies.
  • Noted state investment of more than $50 million in federal stimulus funds to strengthen workforce training programs.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised educators for their hard work in getting students back in classrooms.
  • Highlighted continued work on redistricting.
 
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Technology
  • Noted the importance of stable internet connections for education and highlighted a $100 million investment of federal funds to expand broadband access.
 
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[+] Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis' State of the State Address
Assessment
  • Proposed eliminating the Florida Standards Assessment and replacing it with periodic progress monitoring.
 
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Curriculum
  • Noted that Florida has enacted a Parents' Bill of Rights and that parents in the state have the right to review the curriculum used in their children's schools.
  • Proposed providing parents with recourse so state standards are enforced.
 
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Postsecondary--Academics and Student Support Services
  • Praised the state's university system for being ranked number one in the nation.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Opposed cutting Bright Futures scholarships.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Noted that he will not support any tuition increases at the state's colleges and universities.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Praised the state for adding over 50 new apprenticeship programs over the last three years.
  • Noted that credentials earned through the state's workforce initiatives have paved the way for employment in fields like aviation, logistics, and welding and that these programs deserve support.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised the state for keeping schools open during the COVID-19 pandemic and promised to continue to keep schools open.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Noted that Florida is ranked number three for K-12 achievement in the latest Education Week Quality Counts rankings.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Praised Florida for raising the minimum teacher salary by $6,000 over the past two years.
  • Noted that teachers and principals received $1,000 bonuses last year.
  • Proposed further increasing teacher pay and approving a $1,000 bonus for a second year.
 
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[+] Georgia: Governor Brian Kemp's State of the State Address
Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
  • Announced an intention to support legislation to promote fairness in sports.
 
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Curriculum
  • Announced support for legislation protecting kids from divisive ideologies, a parental bill of rights, and other pieces of legislation to address obscene materials online and in school libraries.
 
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Finance
  • Prioritized appropriately funding the school funding formula to hire more teachers, reduce class sizes, and ensure every child receives a quality education.
  • Proposed increasing funding for education by $425 million in the 2023 budget to fully fund schools and remove austerity cuts from the pandemic.
  • Noted that investments in education will collectively provide an additional $1.4 billion dollars in funding for K-12 schools and will invest more per student than ever before.
 
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Health
  • Stated that students are facing mental health struggles.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Proposed a $1 million investment for the University System of Georgia to expand nursing programs by up to 500 students over 5 years.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Asked the Commissioner of the Technical Colleges System to add law enforcement and criminal justice degrees to the state's high demand career initiatives.
  • Highlighted that adding these degrees to the initiatives would provide free tuition to over 1,000 individuals looking to obtain those degrees at technical colleges.
  • Proposed investing $2.5 million for 136 residency slots and allocating $1 million to Mercer University to address rural physician shortages.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Proposed a one-time pay supplement of $2,000 to be included in the amended 2022 budget for full-time, state-funded instructional staff, school support staff, and school administration.
  • Highlighted a $1,000 one-time supplement for school bus drivers, nurses, nutrition workers, and part-time employees.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Noted that parents, teachers, and administrators are doing their best to help students overcome learning loss due to the pandemic.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Highlighted a plan unveiled in 2018 to raise teacher pay by $5,000.
  • Proposed a $2,000 installment in the proposed 2023 budget to bring total investments to $5,000 since 2019.
  • Announced that the raise will impact all K-12 teachers, assistant teachers, and pre-k teachers.
 
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[+] Hawaii: Governor David Ige's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Highlighted a $3.7 million federally funded project aimed at improving access to health information that will train and employ high school and undergraduate students to be health and digital “navigators” helping individuals find telehealth services and information on COVID-19 in 50 libraries across the state.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed restoring funds taken away from schools during the pandemic for programs important to students' learning and for the upkeep of classrooms.
 
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Online Learning--Digital/Blended Learning
  • Announced support for expanding virtual classrooms and the Hawaii Virtual Learning Network.
  • Noted that virtual classrooms can supplement in-person classes and provide opportunities that would not otherwise be available.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Proposed moving forward with the universal preschool proposal that was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Noted the importance of early childhood education.
 
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Postsecondary--Online Education
  • Highlighted $5 million in funding for the University of Hawaii to launch a Hawaii Online Portal for Education for the development of curriculum for distance learning and additional training for teachers.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Proposed funding to expand the University of Hawaii’s doctor residency program.
  • Proposed funding to strengthen the university’s nursing program and add more clinical instructors at community colleges.
  • Proposed adding 39 lecturers across multiple campuses to handle the increased demand for nursing programs.
  • Praised Ka’u Dream, a place-based, community-focused education initiative, where educators and the community have worked together to align the curriculum to career and business opportunities.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Highlighted reopening schools as a top priority after the COVID-19 pandemic hit because students learn best when they are physically in the classroom.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Praised teachers and principals for going above and beyond to make sure students have the opportunity to learn despite challenges.
  • Highlighted the use of federal Governor's Emergency Education Relief funding to empower schools and teachers to innovate and create projects to recover learning lost due to the pandemic.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Proposed using restored education funding to support the development of new teachers, especially for subjects with chronic teacher shortages.
 
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[+] Idaho: Governor Brad Little's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Committed to investments in career and technical education.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed a $1.1 billion investment in education over the next five years.
  • Proposed $47 million in funding for literacy programs.
  • Noted that the state budget invests in teachers.
  • Highlighted grants provided to families and students for educational expenses during the pandemic.
  • Proposed $50 million for the Empowering Parents grant program that can be used to cover the cost of computers, connectivity, tutoring and other needs and services.
  • Proposed a $50 million investment in behavioral healthcare.
 
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Health
  • Praised the establishment of the Behavioral Health Council, which has increased access to services in schools.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Emphasized parental involvement as vital to strong schools.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Committed to investing in colleges to increase opportunities for Idahoans.
 
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[+] Illinois: Governor J.B. Pritzker's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Proposed a $350 million increase for the K-12 Evidence Based Funding Formula.
 
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Health
  • Highlighted the use of a federal loan to provide PPE to schools.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Proposed a $54 million budget increase for early childhood education.
  • Noted an investment of $200 million in funding to upskill the early childhood workforce.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Called for substantial increases in MAP grants, community college and university operational support, and job training investments.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Proposed full funding for the College Illinois 529 program.
  • Proposed the creation of the PATH program with an initial $25 million investment for the recruitment and training of frontline health care workers.
  • Proposed new investments in nursing scholarships and loan forgiveness programs.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Asked the legislature to broaden the allowable uses of MAP scholarship to include training programs in "critical industries".
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised efforts to keep schools open and in-person through the use of masks, testing, and vaccines.
  • Highlighted Illinois' test-to-stay model which was adopted by the CDC.
  • Praised efforts to modernize school infrastructure.
 
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[+] Indiana: Governor Eric Holcomb's State of the State Address
Accountability
  • Previewed the Graduates Prepared to Succeed Dashboard that makes comprehensive data on school performance accessible for teachers, parents, and school communities.
 
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Finance
  • Highlighted a $1.1 billion payment toward the state's obligation to the teachers’ pension fund.
  • Praised a record $1.9 billion investment in K-12 education in the biennial budget.
  • Noted a 9% increase to the K-12 tuition-support formula.
  • Highlighted the $160 million investment in accelerated learning programs to address unfinished learning and committed to continue supporting these efforts.
  • Proposed the allocation of a portion of $780 million in capital project funding toward the construction of schools for deaf and blind students.
 
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Governance
  • Praised the state department of education for focus on college, career, and military pathways.
 
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P-3
  • Emphasized the importance of early learning opportunities.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Emphasized the importance of alignment between K-12, postsecondary education, workforce training and economic development activities.
  • Praised the establishment of a website that connects unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers with job and training opportunities.
  • Highlighted wage gains and positive employment outcomes for individuals enrolled in the Workforce Ready and Employer Training Grant.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Emphasized that more than 85% of school districts had raised teacher base salaries by an average of $1,800 last year and that 99% were expected to raise base salaries in the coming year.
  • Highlighted the state goal of raising new teacher salaries to $40,000 by July 1.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Committed to strengthening the teacher pipeline in order to recruit and retain more teachers with a focus on teacher diversity and high-need subject areas through the establishment of a teacher marketplace that connects individuals with school openings in real time.
 
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[+] Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds’ State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Highlighted focus on expanding apprenticeships and incorporating work-based learning in schools.
  • Praised a local nursing apprenticeship program.
  • Identified Iowa as a national leader in work-based learning.
  • Highlighted a local work-based learning programs that serves as a magnet in its region.
 
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Choice of Schools--Choice/Open Enrollment
  • Asserted that the expansion of open enrollment improved the quality of schools in the state by incentivizing districts to become the "destination of choice".
 
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Choice of Schools--Vouchers
  • Proposed an education savings account program for low- and middle-income students as well as students with IEPs.
 
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Curriculum
  • Highlighted the integration of computer science into school curriculum.
 
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Curriculum
  • Called for transparency for parents in school curriculum and library resources.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed gradual tax cuts that would still protect investments in education.
 
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Finance
  • Noted that the PreK-12 education budget is $3.7 billion, which represents 56% of the state budget and a $1 billion increase in the last decade.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Praised Sprouts Early Learning Academy which utilized a state grant to open a preschool serving over 70 students.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Praised the Future Ready Iowa program which has awarded over 35,000 scholarships to community colleges and certification programs since 2019.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised Iowa schools for remaining open over the last year.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Announced a $1,000 retention bonus for educators using ESSER funds.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Announced a teacher registered apprenticeship program that would enable high school students to earn a paraeducator credential and associate degree in high school and credit the experience towards student teaching.
 
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Youth Engagement
  • Praised a local high school construction club for renovating a vacant building to serve as a childcare center for teachers' children.
 
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[+] Kansas: Governor Laura Kelly's State of the State Address
Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
  • Highlighted the partnership between the department of wildlife and parks, together with the tourism division, and the state department of education to launch the Kansas Sunflower Summer program that served nearly 70,000 families.
  • Called for the expansion of the Kansas Sunflower Summer program.
 
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Finance
  • Noted that the state has fully-funded schools for four consecutive years.
  • Announced the allocation of $50 million in learning recovery grants to provide families with funding for counseling, tutoring, summer camps, or other efforts to address unfinished learning.
  • Praised the bipartisan effort to fully fund schools.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Announced a college tuition increase freeze.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Praised a bipartisan bill that established a scholarship program for students in high-demand, high-skilled fields.
 
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Technology
  • Praised the efforts of the Office of Broadband Development to expand internet access to 50,000 new homes and businesses and for the strategic deployment of hotspots to get students online during the pandemic.
 
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[+] Kentucky: Governor Andy Beshear’s State of the State Address
Finance
  • Committed to include historic investments in education in the budget proposal.
 
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Health
  • Praised decision to prioritize educators for vaccinations.
  • Praised the Coverings for Kids initiative to provide masks for students in schools.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Proposed $50 million for schools impacted by tornadoes in Western Kentucky.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Promised to include raises for teachers in the budget proposal.
 
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[+] Louisiana: Governor John Bel Edwards' State of the State Address
P-3
  • Proposed a budget that would allocate $43.4 million for early childhood education, including more than $17 million for the LA-4 Early Childhood program.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Proposed a budget that would allocate $31.7 million for faculty pay raises in higher education and $97.2 million for higher education broadly, including $5 million for Title IX offices across the state, a $15 million increase in GO Grants, and $25 million into the Higher Education Initiatives fund.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Proposed a budget that would allocate $10.5 million for the MJ Foster Promise Program Fund, a financial aid program for students seeking credentials in high-demand industries.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Plans to budget $148.4 million for teacher and support staff pay rises.
 
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Technology
  • Acknowledges that a strong internet structure such as broadband infrastructure is essential to educational opportunities.
 
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[+] Maine: Governor Janet Mills' State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Directed the Commissioner of Education to develop a new collaborative that will get children outdoors during the summer for experiential learning to prepare them for life and careers.
  • Discussed efforts to expand career and technical education programs so that children can be taught earlier.
  • Announced plans to expand the Maine Career Exploration Program so that high school students can explore future careers through paid work.
 
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Finance
  • Shared the state's recent grant allocation to 14 school districts through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan.
  • Recognized the state's longstanding commitment to fund 55 percent of the cost of education.
  • Proposed the Education Stabilization Fund, with $30 million from the General Fund.
  • Recommended funding to offer Maine-built greenhouses to as many schools as possible.
 
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Health
  • Announced supplemental budget funding to fully fund universal free meals in schools.
 
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Leadership--District Superintendent
  • Praised school boards for patiently listening to students, teachers and parents on the right measures for returning to in-person learning.
 
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P-16 or P-20
  • Called attention to the Children's Cabinet which has two goals: 1) ensure that Maine children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed; and 2) to ensure that all Maine kids are able to enter adulthood with a good education and ready for a good-paying job.
  • Mentioned a bipartisan effort to improve schools so that every child is ready for a career.
 
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P-3
  • Proposed investing another $25 million in federal funds to expand early childhood education programs. --
  • Highlighted that their administration has increased investments in public Pre-K programs by $5.4 million, resulting in 90 more Pre-K classrooms across the state.
 
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Postsecondary--Academics and Student Support Services
  • Celebrated the University of Maine's achievement of R1 status as a leading research university.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Proposed funding in the supplemental budget to stave off tuition increases across the University of Maine System.
  • Proposed making two years of community college free for high school classes of 2020 through 2023 and for any student in their second year at a community college.
  • Proposed an overhaul of the Opportunity Maine Tax Credit to simplify eligibility requirements and to provide eligible graduates up to $25,000 of debt relief over the course of their lifetime.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Applauded community colleges for their programs to train new health care workers.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Celebrated the minimum teacher salary being increased to $40,000.
 
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[+] Maryland: Governor Larry Hogan's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Celebrated eight years of record investments in education.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Stressed the importance of reopening schools for in-person learning.
 
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[+] Massachusetts: Governor Charlie Baker's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Highlighted the $100 million investment in modernizing equipment for vocational and technical programs that will bring more opportunities to students.
 
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Finance
  • Celebrated increasing public school spending by $1.6 billion, and fully funding the Student Opportunity Act.
  • Mentioned the state's past efforts in local aid for schools and communities.
 
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Health
  • Shared that the state's partnership between K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and child-care providers worked to create a COVID testing program to keep kids and adults safe.
 
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High School
  • Called attention to the Early College programs which helped thousands of high school students earn college credits for free.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised the National Guard for driving school buses so students could return to in-person learning.
 
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STEM
  • Praised the expansion of the STEM program.
 
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[+] Michigan: Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Celebrated the largest education investment in state history without raising taxes for the public 3 years in a row.
  • Announced the planning of a new school aid budget that will mark the biggest state education funding increase in more than 20 years.
 
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Health
  • Shared the state's recent investments in on-campus mental health.
  • Specified that there will be more investments in mental health to help schools hire more than 560 nurses, counselors, and social workers.
  • Expressed how in-personal learning can be critical to a child's social development and mental health.
 
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Postsecondary--Completion/Attainment
  • Praised two community colleges, Mott Community College and Grand Rapids Community College for giving two students more opportunities and opening new doors for their families.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Called attention to the successes of the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs, which helped to lower higher education costs for many.
  • Proposed expanding Michigan's Loan Repayment Program for mental health professionals.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Highlighted the importance of in-person learning and how remote learning is not as fulfilling or conducive to a child's growth.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Mentioned that educators received checks as a form of appreciation.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Pledged to keep investing in recruitment and retention strategies to increase the ranks of teachers, childcare professionals, aides, bus drivers, custodians, para pros, and administration officials.
 
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[+] Minnesota: Governor Tim Walz's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Praised state officials for increasing education funding for every student.
 
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Health
  • Mentioned that there should be more counselors and mental health professionals in schools to make sure every child has access to these services.
  • Shared plans to make capacity available for every child to have breakfast and lunch.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Stated that Minnesota is committed to child care and early education.
  • Proposed to invest in pre-K and early education scholarships.
  • Announced that Minnesota has the capacity to expand pre-K to 23,000 more children.
 
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Partnerships--University/School
  • Applauded the partnerships between universities and community colleges for recruiting more students to their Certified Nursing Assistant program.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Called for more work to be done to create varied pathways to the workforce for students.
 
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[+] Mississippi: Governor Tate Reeves' State of the State Address
At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
  • Highlighted that the overall dropout rate is at a state all-time low at 8.8 percent.
 
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Career/Technical Education
  • Discussed that the number of students who completed career and technical courses has increased 36 percent since 2015.
 
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Curriculum
  • Called for the State Board of Education to adopt values that combat critical race theory in their educational efforts
  • Proposed passing legislation to this effect.
 
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High School
  • Highlighted that the overall graduation rate is at a state all-time high at 87.7 percent
  • Highlighted that the state's Advanced Placement exam passing rate is at a state all-time high.
 
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Mentoring/Tutoring
  • Proposed investing in math coaches to replicate results of the state's reading coaches.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Discussed the basic right of parents to determine the educational needs of their child.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Proposed investing $130 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support workforce development through the Accelerate Mississippi program.
  • Called attention to previous funding of workforce development programs.
  • Called attention to workforce development and certification programs offered in state prisons and called for further investments in corrections education.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Emphasized gains in fourth grade reading proficiency, as the state improved its standing among other states from 49th to 29th.
 
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Special Populations
  • Discussed how the state's students with disabilities graduation rate has doubled over the past eight years.
 
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Special Populations
  • Spotlighted the state's NAEP results for students living in poverty and students of color compared with the national average and other states.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed giving teachers a pay raise in light of their efforts to continue in-person instruction throughout the pandemic.
 
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[+] Missouri: Governor Mike Parson's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Proposed fully funding the Foundation Formula, the state's K-12 funding system.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Proposed investing for top capital improvements at state community colleges and 4-year institutions.
  • Highlighted that the total proposed investment for higher education would amount to nearly $600 million.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Discussed how the state is third in the nation for apprenticeships.
  • Highlighted the Fast Track program, which saw a 65 percent increase in participants over 2021, and called for it to be permanently established.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Proposed investing $31 million in the MO Excels projects, a workforce development initiative to expand employer-driven education and training programs.
  • Proposed investing $20 million in grant funding for 57 area career centers to expand career and technical education programs.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Highlighted that the state ranked 5th for highest proportion of in-person learning during the 2020-2021 school year.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed raising teacher pay by increasing the baseline salary for new teachers to $38,000 annually.
 
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[+] Nebraska: Governor Pete Ricketts' State of the State Address
Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Highlighted the more than 3,900 Nebraskans currently registered in apprenticeship programs, including at six community colleges.
  • Shared how ARPA funds will help provide Nebraska's community college dollars to enhance their workforce development programs.
 
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[+] Nevada: Governor Steve Sisolak's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Discussed 11,000 teacher-identified projects the state has help fund.
  • Highlighted that the state has raised per pupil funding to a new high.
  • Discussed donating the Governor's personal salary to help schools.
 
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Health
  • Discussed investing federal dollars to ensure all schools can provide free lunch to all students for the next school year.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Highlighted that the state has strengthened Nevada Ready!, the state's pre-k program
  • Praised investment of over $200 million in child care centers.
  • Proposed investment of $160 million in child care to help lower costs for parents and retain child care workers.
 
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Postsecondary--Completion/Attainment
  • Discussed new opportunities for more than 10,000 high school students to begin earning their associate degree while finishing their high school diploma.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Directed his Workforce Development Committee to explore ways to make community college and other apprentice and training programs free for more Nevadans by 2025.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Highlighted that over 30,000 students have completed STEM education or apprenticeship programs.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Highlighted that 100% of classrooms are back to in-person learning.
  • Praised teachers, administrators and support staff like bus drivers and cafeteria workers who went above and beyond to get students back in the classroom safely.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Discussed federal investment of $1.5 billion for masks, testing, mental health supports and more to help schools reopen safely.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Discussed commitment of $200 million to help students academically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment will fund summer schools, tutors, and other efforts to make sure students are on the right academic track.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Proposed investment to recruit nearly 4,000 future educators with stipends and tuition assistance to help address the teacher shortage.
 
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[+] New Hampshire: Governor Chris Sununu's State of the State Address
Choice of Schools--Tax Credits
  • Highlighted the state's Education Freedom Savings Accounts, which can be used for private school tuition, tutoring, textbooks, and curriculum.
 
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Finance
  • Highlighted how federal support created an additional $600 million in education funding.
 
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Health
  • Proposed passing S.B. 234, which would require every student ID card to have a phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Discussed how the state kept schools open with children safely in the classroom.
 
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Social/Emotional Learning and Non-Cognitive Skills
  • Discussed investments to provide access to mental health supports in and outside of schools through social-emotional learning.
 
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[+] New Jersey: Governor Phil Murphy's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Highlighted increased investments in education from pre-Kindergarten through graduation, including support for students and educators in the classroom and construction aid to build and renovate schools.
  • Noted an additional $1.5 billion invested in education this year than in the first year of the administration.
  • Asserted that investments in public schools protect home property values.
 
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Health
  • Redeclared a Public Health Emergency to ensure a coordinated response, which will help keep schools open.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Made in-state tuition payments and investments in college savings plans tax deductible.
  • Increased postsecondary access through the tuition-free community college program.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Praised the state for attracting business by creating a well trained and well educated workforce.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Praised New Jersey for being ranked as the number one state in K-12 education.
 
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[+] New Mexico: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's State of the State Address
P-3
  • Praised the state for investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the future of the state's earliest learners.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Celebrated that forty thousand more students are receiving a high-quality college education for free through the Opportunity Scholarship program.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Highlighted efforts resulting in thousands more New Mexicans attending college for free.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Requested continued support from the legislature for a recently initiated targeted phonics program.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed a pay increase of at least seven percent for every educator in the state, which would make the state first in the region for average educator pay.
  • Proposed raising the starting salaries for every tier of educators.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Noted the importance of recruiting high-quality teachers and retaining talented professionals for the success of education in the state.
 
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[+] New York: Governor Kathy Hochul's State of the State Address
Health
  • Adding more mental health professionals to schools to help students with issues related to isolation during remote learning.
 
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Postsecondary--Academics and Student Support Services
  • Outlined a vision to improve the SUNY system including: recruiting world-class faculty, developing and investing in flagship and research institutions within the system, and making SUNY a national leader in equity.
  • Committed to providing childcare on each SUNY campus.
 
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Postsecondary--Completion/Attainment
  • Proposed increasing total enrollment in the SUNY system to 500,000 students by 2030.
  • Committed to increasing the number and diversity of people in every community with degrees and credentials that launch middle class careers.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Committed to making New York's tuition assistance program available to part-time students to expand educational opportunities.
  • Committed to restoring the tuition assistance program for incarcerated people.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Emphasized the importance of ensuring that SUNY and CUNY, community colleges, and school districts are included and focused on the same state workforce development objectives.
  • Outlined plans to tie a portion of workforce funding to high job placement rates.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Proposed increased efforts to recruit and retain teachers with more effective training and support, faster and easier certification, and stronger career pipelines and ladders.
 
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[+] North Dakota: Governor Doug Burgum's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Providing $1.2 billion in property tax relief through a school funding formula this biennium.
  • Noted that close to 50% of the state's $4.9 billion general fund goes to K-12 and higher education funding.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Fully funded the National Guard Tuition Assistance Program.
 
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Postsecondary--Transfer and Articulation
  • Highlighted a memorandum of understanding between North Dakota's five community colleges and Western Governors University to provide for streamlined transfer to WGU's online courses.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Allocated $250 million in the Accelerate ND plan dedicated to addressing the state's workforce needs through career academies and highlighted examples of grants provided to career centers.
  • Allocated $40 million to create the first polytechnic training center in North Dakota, located at Bismarck State College.
  • Pushed for an increase in certificate and student-centric programs and for better alignment between degree offerings and the needs of the state's businesses.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Acknowledged the importance of in-person learning for students and applauded administrators and teachers for keeping schools open.
  • Highlighted efforts of a diversion project to reduce catastrophic flood risk for a metro area that includes 20 percent of the state's K-12 students, 55 K-12 schools and a university.
 
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Standards
  • Noted that North Dakota can and should be the first state to adopt computer and cyber science graduation standards for K-12 through college and graduate school.
 
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STEM
  • Recognized the state's PK20W Initiative for receiving awards for its statewide approach to computer science and cyber education in workforce training.
  • Congratulated students from the James Valley Career and Technology Center for participating in and winning the state's first Cyber Madness Tournament.
 
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Technology
  • Highlighted increases in funding to strengthen the state's broadband infrastructure and noted the importance of broadband access in leveling the playing field for students.
 
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[+] Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State Address
Health
  • Stressed the importance of family support in communities and at school so that teachers can teach and children can learn.
  • Praised the creation of a landmark program to provide services and supports addressing physical and mental health issues to students within their own school buildings.
  • Highlighted the provision of funding to schools to support on-site medical clinics, additional counselors and mental health services, prevention and after-school care, family supports, and training around childhood trauma and mental health.
 
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Mentoring/Tutoring
  • Discussed the importance of mentorship for children and committed to creating a combined scholarship and mentorship program.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Committed to creating a combined scholarship and mentorship program to provide both guidance and financial support so students can become career-ready, whether by earning a certificate, credential, or degree.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Committed to growing the state's behavioral health workforce.
  • Noted future help for career centers, community colleges, and four-year universities to provide them with advanced, high-tech equipment for better training for the jobs of the future.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Commended the creation and ongoing funding of the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library which provides a book each month to children ages zero to five in the state.
 
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[+] Oklahoma: Governor Kevin Stitt's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Proposed increasing apprenticeships in high school and pathways to jobs that do not require a college degree.
 
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Choice of Schools--Vouchers
  • Called attention to the expansion of equal opportunity scholarships to provide more choices for low- and middle-income families.
 
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Finance
  • Reflected on the record investments made in education in the state.
  • Stated that the recently filed Oklahoma Empowerment Act would make sure education funding follows students, which would make Oklahoma a national leader in school choice.
  • Thanked the legislature for its commitment to transparency, especially in education, and reflected on last year's comprehensive audit of the department of education.
 
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High School
  • Called for bold steps to improve high school students' college readiness in English, math, reading and science.
 
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P-16 or P-20
  • Called for tearing down the silos between K-12, career and technology education and higher education, stating that every student needs to be college or career ready.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Reflected on giving parents more educational choices.
  • Pledged to support any legislation that gives parents more school choice.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Proposed rewarding universities for producing graduates in critical areas, offering nurses as an example.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Expressed pride in the secretary of education's efforts to keep schools open longer than anyone else in the country.
  • Stated that Oklahoma's school transportation formula is in need of modernization.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Declared that the state needs new ideas, more options, and higher standards for kids as part of a duty to ensure nothing stands in the way of Oklahoma students achieving their full potential.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed matching funds so that the state's best teachers can make six figures and stay in the classroom, rather than leaving classroom environments to become administrators.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Stated that Oklahoma needs more teachers.
 
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Teaching Quality--Unions/Collective Bargaining
  • Called for unions to allow teachers to opt-in to health insurance and other benefits at work on an annual basis.
 
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[+] Oregon: Governor Kate Brown's State of the State Address
Finance
  • Praised successes in investing in the education system during her time as governor.
 
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High School
  • Praised increase of 8% in graduation rates during her time as governor.
 
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Online Learning--Digital/Blended Learning
  • Stated that students in Oregon have suffered through remote learning.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Called attention to investments in early learning program expansion, so that more rural families, families of color, and those with low-incomes have access to pre-kindergarten.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Described Future Ready Oregon, a $200 million package investing in job training, with a focus on health care, technology and manufacturing, and construction.
  • Called for a need to utilize Future Ready Oregon to create career ladders.
  • Called for a surge of $92 million in current Future Ready Oregon programs, flexible grants to community-based organizations, and additional supports to people in job training programs.
 
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[+] Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Wolf's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Called attention to the expansion of registered apprenticeship programs into new industries.
  • Praised the major investments that have been made in career and technical education programs.
 
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Finance
  • Celebrated that, over the last 7 years, nearly $2 billion has been invested in P-12 education, including the creation of a Fair Funding Formula.
  • Emphasized that refusing to fund education equitably would lead to a number of negative consequences.
  • Called for increasing investments in the Fair Funding Formula.
 
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High School
  • Praised the major investments that have been made in dual enrollment programs.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Praised the state for heavily investing in state universities.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Called for increasing investments in job training programs.
 
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STEM
  • Praised the major investments that have been made in STEM education.
 
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[+] Rhode Island: Governor Daniel McKee's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Proposed creating a Higher Ed Academy to provide access to education and training to help Rhode Islanders gain the skills needed to obtain a credential or degree.
 
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Finance
  • Called for the full funding of the state's K-12 school system.
  • Called to ensure that funding levels are not cut for any district that would have experienced a cut otherwise due to student enrollment declines.
  • Called for a commitment to a $250 million school construction bond, with $50 million dedicated to smaller projects like heating, cooling, and safety upgrades.
  • Proposed over $430 million for the construction of education facilities from kindergarten through higher education.
 
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P-3
  • Praised investments that have been made in early education.
 
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Partnerships--University/School
  • Called for partnering with the University of Rhode Island to make the state a world-leading center for researching, developing and testing ocean technology.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Proposed dedicating more funding to forgive student loan debt, especially for health care professionals.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Acknowledged the pandemic challenges facing schools, but stated that students are largely back in classrooms where they learn best.
  • Recognized the contributions of many who invested their time and energy toward getting students back into classrooms safely.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Acknowledged that student academic growth has been disrupted by the pandemic.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Called for the continuation of early education retention bonuses.
 
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[+] South Carolina: Governor Henry McMaster's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Discussed the SC Future Makers program, which connects students with internship, apprenticeship, and career opportunities throughout the state.
 
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Choice of Schools--Charter Schools
  • Reported that charter schools have seen explosive growth in enrollment and demand - with many new charters expected to be authorized this year - and explains that $60.2 million in his Executive Budget would go toward this growing demand from parents.
  • Proposed that $20 million be used to create education savings accounts.
 
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Class Size
  • Proposed a K-12 education finance system where school districts receive funds necessary to support an average ratio of 11.7 students per teacher.
 
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Curriculum
  • Called for more parental involvement in the classroom, including over concerns about curriculum and books available in school libraries.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed big, bold, and transformative investments in education.
  • Stressed a need for education finance systems to be simplified, and to be made transparent, accountable, and easy to understand.
  • Proposed a system where every school district must disclose, and publish online to the public, how they spend every dollar they receive.
 
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Health
  • Called attention to mental health crisis in South Carolina schools, and the need for students to have access to professional mental health counseling and services.
 
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P-3 Kindergarten
  • Praised state action in fully funding full-day, four-year-old kindergarten programs for ever Medicaid-eligible child in South Carolina.
  • Reported that four-year-old kindergarten enrollment has increased greatly, and that 50 new private, nonprofit, and faith-based providers have opened many new classrooms.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Reported that a recent survey showed two out of three parents said enrolling their child in four-year-old kindergarten allowed them to go to work on continue their education.
  • Emphasized that parents know what's best for their children, including the type of education environment and instruction that works best for their child.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Stated that every South Carolina resident who qualifies for a federal Pell Grant is eligible for all of their tuition to be paid for with a grant at any in-state public college, university, or technical college.
  • Proposed investing $4.3 million in funding scholarships for college transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Stressed the importance of access and affordability to higher education.
  • Announced that his Executive Budget freezes college tuition for in-state residents, and specified other postsecondary finance details.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Requested a $124 million investment to expand the Workforce Scholarships for the Future program, which allows residents to earn an industry credential or associate degree in high-demand careers.
  • Recalled the success of the Workforce Scholarships for the Future program, which led to the retraining and employment of over 5,000 South Carolinians in the last year.
  • Praised the South Carolina Technical College System and its leadership for recent workforce development successes.
 
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School Safety
  • Said that parents must be sure their children are safe in school, and that the presence of a certified law enforcement school resource officer in every school is more important now than ever.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Praised the efforts of a superintendent whose leadership enabled a district to remain open for in-person instruction throughout the pandemic with minimal disruption.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed a K-12 education finance system where school districts receive funds necessary to support an average teacher salary of $66,524 including benefits.
  • Called attention to his Executive Budget, which would raise the minimum salary for a starting teacher from $36,000 to $38,000.
 
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Technology
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  • Asked the General Assembly to appropriate an additional $400 million in federal funds for the state's Broadband Infrastructure Plan, stressing the importance of broadband connectivity for education.
 
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[+] South Dakota: Governor Kristi Noem's State of the State
Adult Basic Education
  • Established a partnership with adult education providers to expand access to GED programs and to provide help with their careers.
 
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Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
  • Issued executive orders to limit athletic participation in female sports to individuals assigned the sex of female at birth.
 
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At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
  • Praised the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program for accomplishing a near 100% graduation rate for program participants.
  • Described the expansion of the JAG program to 3 more schools and increased enrollment of 50%.
 
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Career/Technical Education
  • Promoted South Dakota's Week of Work which brought professionals to classrooms and also included job fairs and job shadowing.
 
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Curriculum
  • Proposed updating social studies standards to include Native American history.
  • Proposed legislation to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory.
 
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Finance
  • Discussed investing $30 million to expand the Dakota State University cybersecurity program.
 
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Postsecondary--Completion/Attainment
  • Praised South Dakota for being ranked #1 for graduation rate at 2-year schools.
  • Praised South Dakota for a top 10 ranking for higher education graduation rate.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Promoted the implementation of the Freedom Scholarship.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Established a partnership with Dakota State University to create a Future Workforce finder tool.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Introducing legislation to allow for a moment of silence to begin each school day.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Praised South Dakota Students for being ranked top in the country for least amount of learning loss.
  • Praised schools for receiving national recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools and National Distinguished Schools.
  • Praised the Yankton School District for winning the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
 
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[+] Tennessee: Governor Bill Lee's State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Proposed one time funding to expand high school and middle school career and technical education programs.
 
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Civic Education
  • Noted the launch of the Civic Seal program 2 years ago to provide grants for public schools' civic education programs.
  • Noted a partnership with Hillsdale College toward civic education.
  • Proposed $6 million to establish the Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee.
 
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Curriculum
  • Proposed legislation to make computer science and coding available to every high school student in Tennessee.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed a new funding formula to update the way that the state funds K-12 public schools.
  • Noted that the proposed funding formula should focus on students with disabilities, rural students, students from low-income families and students with other priorities.
  • Proposed $1 billion in new, recurring education spending for public schools across Tennessee.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Proposed legislation to allow parents to know what materials are available in school libraries.
 
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Partnerships--University/School
  • Noted the termination of Confucius Institutes at all public Tennessee universities.
 
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Postsecondary--Accountability
  • Noted the University of Memphis received a Carnegie R1 designation.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Proposed $90 million toward the outcomes based funding formula.
  • Proposed $50 million endowment for the AgriTech, cybersecurity and digital workforce programs at Memphis.
  • Proposed $250 million to improve the infrastructure at Tennessee State University.
  • Proposed $70 million to complete the Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Noted that public universities should not increase tuition.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Proposing an additional $200 million to expand the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology program to double the skilled workforce by 2026.
  • Proposed a $2.5 million increase in funding for the Future Workforce Initiative.
 
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Public Involvement
  • Noted months of public outreach efforts with parents, teachers, students and educational stakeholders including 16 townhalls and meeting and thousands of public comments.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Proposed the use of one time funding to ensure that no Tennessee student attends school in a flood zone.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed a cumulative teacher pay increase of $125 million through updating the state's funding formula.
 
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Teaching Quality--Recruitment and Retention
  • Touted the 2020 launch of the state Grow Your Own program to build a pipeline of qualified educators.
 
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[+] Utah: Governor Spencer Cox’s State of the State Address
Finance
  • Proposed $970 million in education funding with an emphasis on disadvantaged students.
  • Noted last year's $510 million investment in education.
 
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High School
  • Proposed the elimination of all school fees for basic coursework required for graduation.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Noted pending legislation related to aligning education with industry.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Emphasized the importance of 3rd grade literacy.
  • Encouraged support for reading legislation to make sure that children have reading foundation for future success.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Emphasized the importance of students attending school in person.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Emphasized the importance of increasing teacher pay.
 
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[+] Vermont: Governor Phil Scott’s State of the State Address
Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
  • Noted the impact of the Summer Matters initiative which added 30,000 summer camp slots and 240 additional weeks of programming.
  • Proposed the continuation of expanded summer and afterschool programming.
 
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Career/Technical Education
  • Praised the state's internship and apprenticeship programs for providing on the job experience and creating ties with local employers.
  • Emphasized the importance of removing the stigma for pursuing CTE and the need to increase the number of students pursuing CTE in schools.
 
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Equity
  • Expressed concern that students do not have equal access to advanced coursework such as foreign language, AP courses and electives.
 
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Finance
  • Expressed concern about the impact of a declining population and enrollment on education finance.
 
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Health
  • Noted the impact of school closures on students' social and mental health.
 
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P-16 or P-20
  • Emphasized the importance of building the strongest Cradle to Career education system in the country.
 
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P-3
  • Highlighted a 30% increase in the state's childcare investment since the beginning of his term.
  • Proposed changes to the Childcare Financial Assistance program to increase access.
 
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Social/Emotional Learning and Non-Cognitive Skills
  • Proposed $285 million to address social, emotional and educational gaps.
 
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[+] Virgin Islands: Governor Albert Bryan Jr.'s State of the State Address
Accountability
  • Praised the accreditation of Ivanna Eudora, St. Croix Central and Charlotte Amalie High Schools.
  • Noted that the St Croix Educational Complex will be beginning the process of re-accreditation this school year.
 
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Attendance
  • Expressed concern about absenteeism from classes.
 
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Career/Technical Education
  • Congratulated two aviation students and noted they began their training at the St Croix Career and Technical Center through opportunities made possible by the Department of Education.
  • Launched the Financial Fellows Program for employment in hard to fill government positions.
 
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Finance
  • Noted the receipt of $138 million from the American Rescue Plan and highlighted their use toward summer enrichment, afterschool programs, extended year programs and social/emotional and mental health needs of students.
 
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Health
  • Noted $13 million in P-EBT payments for children's nutrition benefits during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Expressed concern about social and emotional disconnect due to the pandemic, especially for students experiencing depression.
 
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P-16 or P-20
  • Noted the administration's commitment to school readiness as part of the "Cradle to Career" strategic focus.
 
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P-3 Preschool
  • Highlighted the expansion of public pre-K programs with the opening of six Pre-K classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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Postsecondary--Financial Aid
  • Awarded $1000 stipends for high school graduates attending postsecondary institutions.
 
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Reading/Literacy
  • Allocated $1.5 million to community foundations in each district for numeracy and literacy programs.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Expressed concern regarding the physical condition of school facilities.
  • Noted the completion of the 9th grade annex at Charlotte Amalie High School.
  • Detailed future plans for school modernization projects.
  • Noted the FEMA approval of $242 million for the rebuilding of Arthur A Richards K-8 school.
  • Noted the return of in-person instruction for PreK-3, Special Education and Career and Technical Education students at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Highlighted the full return of in-person instruction for all students effective January 2022.
  • Highlighted the safety measures taken by the Department of Education to safely return students to in-person instruction.
 
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Student Achievement
  • Expressed concern about students' academic performance.
  • Noted increasing graduation rates over the last few years.
  • Detailed the grade level proficiency improvement of 3rd grade students in reading and math.
  • Noted the continued need to improve students' grade level proficiency.
 
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[+] Virginia: Governor Glenn Youngkin's State of the State Address
Choice of Schools--Charter Schools
  • Requested $150 million to start 20 new charter schools.
  • Highlighted the innovative curriculum of Green Run Collegiate Charter School in Virginia Beach, which provides access to every child in the school district.
 
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Choice of Schools--Innovation Schools
  • Committed to building partnerships between the commonwealth and universities to create lab schools of excellence.
 
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Curriculum
  • Noted that divisive concepts like Critical Race Theory should not be used.
  • Highlighted a parent’s right to be informed before their child is exposed to sexually explicit materials.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed an increased investment in the state's classrooms.
 
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Instructional Approaches
  • Noted that children should not be taught through the lens of race.
 
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Parent/Family
  • Asserted a parent’s fundamental right to make decisions concerning their children's upbringing, education, and care.
  • Highlighted the executive order that allows parents to decide health measures for their children by opting out of mask mandates in schools.
 
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School Safety
  • Proposed a requirement to report predatory actions in schools to local law enforcement for investigation.
  • Proposed involving local law enforcement agencies in the approval of school safety audits.
  • Requested that the General Assembly require a school resource officer on every campus.
  • Proposed training for educators in recognizing the signs of sex trafficking to protect students.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Asserted that schools exist for the educational benefit of children and they must remain open.
 
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Standards
  • Recognized the need to raise education standards in the state.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Committed to signing an education budget with a record investment in education, including a significant boost in teacher pay.
  • Emphasized professional pay for teachers to attract quality professionals to schools.
 
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[+] Washington: Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Highlighted apprenticeship opportunities from clean energy projects.
 
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Equity
  • Proposed to further empower teachers to develop innovative solutions to overcome opportunity gaps.
 
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Finance
  • Proposed reinvesting $900 million to help schools address students’ critical needs.
  • Emphasized investing more funding to address COVID and learning loss.
 
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Health
  • Proposed increasing the number of K-12 school counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers.
 
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Online Learning--Digital/Blended Learning
  • Praised teacher efforts during remote learning.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Committed to keeping schools open this year.
 
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[+] West Virginia: Governor Jim Justice’s State of the State Address
At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
  • Highlighted the success of Communities In Schools as the number one dropout prevention initiative, impacting 70,000 students each year.
 
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Curriculum
  • Proposed mandatory computer programming and coding class in middle and high school.
 
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High School
  • Proposed to cover the cost of college classes for high school students.
 
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Postsecondary--Tuition/Costs/Student Debt
  • Proposed to fully cover the cost of community college and technical school to encourage more students to continue their education.
 
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School Safety
  • Proposed tougher penalties for school employees who abuse students.
 
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Teaching Quality--Compensation and Diversified Pay
  • Proposed a five percent pay raise for, all state employees, including teachers.
 
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[+] Wisconsin: Governor Tony Evers’s State of the State Address
Career/Technical Education
  • Announced a $60 million investment in regionally based programs, including more apprenticeship opportunities for high schoolers, to address workforce challenges.
 
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Finance
  • Announced plan to use surplus funds to invest in education at every level.
  • Proposed a $750 million investment into improving schools and outcomes for students to ensure everyone has access to a high-quality public education.
  • Called attention to the historic investments in education at every level including, an increase in special education funding for the first time in a decade and the largest investment in general aid in a decade.
  • Highlighted the $110 million investment in additional funding to every school district to address student needs, including hiring educators, providing after-school programming or buying art supplies or computers.
  • Emphasized the need to fully fund schools.
 
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Health
  • Reported the distribution of almost eight million pieces of PPE and sanitizing supplies to schools to help keep kids and educators safe in classrooms.
  • Noted the effect the pandemic has had on kids’ mental health.
  • Highlighted that a kid in a mental health crisis isn’t going to be able to pay attention at school, finish their homework, or engage with their friends or teachers.
  • Announced the “Get Kids Ahead” initiative to invest $15 million into additional mental health services in schools.
  • Proposed flexible mental health funding to allow schools to meet kids’ needs through various means.
  • Announced a $5 million investment into the University of Wisconsin System to provide more mental health services through telehealth counseling and additional mental health staff support on campuses.
 
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Postsecondary--Finance
  • Provided a $25 million investment in the University of Wisconsin System to fund a tuition freeze through the end of the biennium.
 
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Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Announced the Blue Ribbon Commission which will make recommendations to help reduce barriers to higher education, employment, and job training, and streamline the licensure process for veterans.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Emphasized trust in local-level decision-making to do what is best for kids based on kids’ and classroom needs.
  • Announced that many schools across the state returned to in-person learning in the fall of 2020.
  • Highlighted the efforts to return to in-person learning and get resources and support to our kids and our schools to keep our kids safe, healthy, and in the classroom.
 
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[+] Wyoming: Governor Mark Gordon's State of the State Address
Postsecondary--Workforce Development Alignment
  • Highlighted the success of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP) which is investing in new ways of looking at career, technical and higher education.
  • Thanked the presidents of the community colleges and UW who have nurtured the effort for the vision of the WIP.
  • Stressed the importance of the WIP to identify opportunities and local needs, build curriculum, and measure performance.
 
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Public Involvement
  • Announced the launch of the Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education Advisory Group (RIDE) to examine Wyoming’s primary and secondary education system and make recommendations to elevate it into a position of national leadership.
  • Expressed the need to understand what those closest to education expect from their schools, including parents, businesses, and community members.
 
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School/District Structure/Operations
  • Reported more kids learning in-person for more days during the pandemic than any other school system in the country.
  • Expressed gratitude for the school boards, school staff, students, parents, teachers and communities for helping kids learn in person.
 
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