State Policy

Policy Matters - James Applegate: Higher Education Priorities in Illinois

Policy Matters

James Applegate, formerly the Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, joins Policy Matters to considers the biggest questions that Illinois is currently grappling with in higher education policy, including closing the achievement gap, making college more affordable, and increasing adult participation and completion in the state's higher education system.

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Policy Matters - PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera: Pennsylvania's ESSA State Plan

Policy Matters

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera goes into the details of the state's plans to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Secretary Rivera explains the state's main goal: creating conditions that allow students to succeed as learners. 

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Policy Matters - Kristen Amundson: Power and Authority of State Boards of Education

Policy Matters

Kristen Amundson, President and CEO of the National Association for State Boards of Education, joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz for a conversation about the current education policy landscape and the increasing power and authority that State Boards of Education hold across the country.

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Policy Matters - Sally Cauble: Increased Autonomy, Increased Engagement in KS

Policy Matters

Kansas State Board of Education Member Sally Cauble talks about the benefits and challenges that comes with increased autonomy at the state level, as well her her work in creating a groundswell of community engagement in Kansas.

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Educator Labor Markets - South Dakota Panel: Teacher Labor Shortage Issues

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Kelly Duncan, board member of the South Dakota Board of Education for the last 19 years, Deb Soholt, South Dakota State senator and chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education of South Dakota for six years, discuss teacher labor shortage issues in South Dakota such as how data has been used to determine the extent of the shortage in South Dakota, the dynamics of the supply and demand side that contribute to these staffing challenges, efforts to increase funding in the education sector including teacher salary increases, and how those additions funds would be used including technology innovations that would support virtual teaching. 

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Policy Matters - Mitchell Chester: Massachusetts Student Performance in Perspective

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Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester discusses his state's comprehensive assessment system which combines the MCAS and PARCC exam. Commissioner Chester also puts  the 2015 Massachusetts PISA scores into perspective and discusses the transition process of standards in Massachusetts.  

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Policy Matters - Jeremy Anderson: 2016 Elections, Changes in Education Leadership

Policy Matters

President of the Education Commission of the States Jeremy Anderson discusses changes in elected education officials across the states in the 2016 election and how these changes may affect education policies. He also talks about Education Commission of the States newly released report K-3 Policymakers' Guide to Action: Making the early years count and the efforts to be made by the Education Commission of the States to assist states in implementing suggested policies.

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