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Policy Updates


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October 2021Volume 29, No.4

Using Federal Funds to Remediate Lead

This NASBE analysis highlights ways state leaders can leverage the current policy climate and available federal funds to better support school districts in lead remediation so that all children have access to clean drinking water in schools.

August 2021Volume 28, No. 3

Promoting School Nurses as Leaders in Reopening Schools

This analysis describes how state boards of education and other state stakeholders can partner with school nurses and state school nurse leaders in forming guidance and making decisions about transitions back to school.


July 2020Volume 28, No. 2

State Strategies on Assessments in 2021

This analysis explores the strategies states employed to administer assessments in the 2020-21 school year. It also highlights the opportunities for state boards to learn from and make the best use of data collected from the pandemic school year.


March 2020Volume 28, No. 1

Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

Kentucky state board member and special education teacher Allison Slone urges state boards of education to seize the opportunity the pandemic created to strengthen policies to ensure that parents and caregivers can engage meaningfully in school decision making.


November 2020Volume 27, No. 10

Steady Leadership for State Education after 2020 Elections

This NASBE analysis outlines outcomes from major state election races in 2020 and changes in 61 state board of education seats in 12 states and territories that were on the ballot.


October 2020Volume 27, No. 9

States Set Criteria for Resuming In-Person Learning

This policy update outlines ways in which states such as Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nebraska offer state guidance on reopening criteria.


August 2020Volume 27, No. 8

Involving Teachers in State Education Governance

A growing number of states boards of education see the advantages of involving teachers in policymaking decisions. Many have created a place for a current teacher to serve on the board.


July 2020Volume 27, No. 7

States Make Plans for Reopening

In anticipation of the 2020–21 school year, states have been creating and updating guidance for district and school reopening plans. Several trends emerge.


July 2020Volume 27, No. 6

Remote Learning in Early Childhood

If online learning is not designed with early childhood in mind, many children will not be able to build a strong foundation for their education and will fail to establish the structure and routines that learning requires.