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September 2023Vol. 30, No. 5

Beyond Testing for Lead in Drinking Water: Implications for Funding

While most states encourage or require schools to test for lead in drinking water, funding to sustain remediation lags—despite significant federal grants designed to boost those efforts.

August 2023Volume 30, No. 4

States Face Challenges Building a School Mental Health Workforce

Challenges persist in attracting and retaining this school-based mental health professionals, but some states, including Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, and others, are making progress.

June 2023Volume 30, No. 3

States Address Access to Menstrual Products in Schools

States such as Georgia, New York, Utah, and others have increasingly opted to combat “period poverty" by expanding access to free menstrual products in schools.

May 2023Volume 30, No. 2

Teachers Need Multifaceted Support to Improve Literacy

To improve literacy, states should invest in comprehensive supports for teachers to equip them to deliver high-quality, evidence-based instruction.

February 2023Volume 30, No. 1

Preparing Principals through High-Quality Internships

To equip and retain more high-quality school leaders, states can encourage principal internships as a key part of preparation.

December 2022Volume 29, No. 11

Supporting School Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse

Mortality rates from overdose in adolescents rose by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl.

December 2022Volume 29, No. 10

Education Drives State and Federal Elections in 2022

In 2022, voters across the U.S. elected 28 new state board members and nine new governors.

November 2022Vol. 29, No. 9

Enhancing School-Based Health Services

School-based health services (SBHS) are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students.

October 2022Volume 29, No. 8

Education Support Professionals as Partners in Improving School Climate

State boards of education should champion education support professionals as partners in improving school climate.