State boards of education have the potential to stem the school to prison pipeline through reforming punitive discipline policy. Using their convening power and policymaking authority, state boards can coordinate the efforts of educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officials to create more equitable measures and improve school climate.
This policy update highlights two state boards of education—Washington and Idaho—that have proactively sought to prepare students better for continuing their educations after high school.
Angelika Schroeder is a former tax CPA and college professor of accounting. For the past 20 years she has also been active in education issues at her daughters’ schools, their district and at the state level. She served from 1999 through 2007 on the Boulder Valley School Board, serving as treasurer and vice president. She […]
Dr. Byron Ernest is a former (2010) Indiana “Teacher of the Year” and currently serves as director of educator development and partnerships for Noble Education Initiative Inc., where he develops and provides professional development and leadership training globally. Previously, Dr. Ernest was superintendent/head of schools for Hoosier Academies Network of Schools. He also served as […]
The West Virginia Board of Education’s experience reviewing and adopting its data privacy policies offers lessons for other states.
Given the policy reset reflected in the newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education now face greater responsibility for assessments and determining their role in state accountability systems.
This NASBE Policy Update compares the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), with the ISLLC standards and outlines what states will need to consider as they implement changes instituted by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Education and health outcomes are linked. Yet despite a growing body of evidence tying health to academic achievement, many school systems have not established and coordinated policies, processes, and practices that will improve both health and learning of all students. State boards of education have a role to play in facilitating this effort.