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Winter Commissioners Meeting

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JULY 2023

National Forum on Education Policy

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Slide 1

As we approach the end of a wild 2021, we’d like to take a moment to look back on the legislative education policy trends we saw this year and look forward to what we might see in 2022.

Slide 4

A new legislative session brings policymakers another opportunity to examine their state’s education policy landscape. How can education leaders better support students, families and teachers in these unprecedented times? What needs can be met with policy changes? Education Commission of the States is here to support education leaders like you with four unmatched state policy resources.

Slide 6

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 14% of students in the United States receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students who receive special education services have experienced tremendous and unique educational hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slide 5

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life and learning on colleges campuses across the country, concerns mounted about the potential impact on students’ mental health. The emerging data, however, are somewhat mixed with respect to the effects on students, especially with surveys that often capture a particular point in time.

Slide 3

Many resources already exist in the postsecondary education funding space like the State Higher Education Finance report, projects focused on performance- and outcomes-based models and numerous resources on postsecondary education funding from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Slide 4

With teacher appreciation week only a few weeks behind us and mental health awareness month coming to a close, we have a great opportunity to reflect on a pressing issue in the life of many teachers — their mental health.

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