With national attention on the presidential race this election year, it can be easy to forget the important leadership positions and ballot measures that voters will be deciding on this November.
We as state leaders have faced challenging questions in the past few months as we work to protect the health and safety of our citizens. This is particularly true when it comes to the already unique challenges of educating and supporting students.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we have seen many changes to daily life and work. The past few months brought school and business closures along with a record number of unemployment claims. With the unemployment rate continuing upward, states may need to re-assess the needs of individuals without employment and determine how to help them reenter the workforce into good jobs as part of economic recovery.
When the National Endowment for the Arts and Education Commission of the States conceived of this toolkit on arts education data more than two years ago, we never dreamed that it would come to fruition amid events that could shape the nation’s future so profoundly. As we write this, a global pandemic is exacting a grievous toll on human life, the economy and education.
As Education Commission of the States set out to catalog and analyze the various postsecondary funding models in place across the country, we specifically sought out information about how adopted policies address students of color.
Education Commission of the States tracks state education policy on a wide variety of education topics. There are three options available: