Joseph (Joey) Hedger, associate editor, assists in the writing, editing, and production of NASBE’s reports and the State Education Standard. Previously, he was assistant editor at the American Correctional Association, where he edited its magazine, Corrections Today, and wrote on correctional programs and practices. Born and raised in Florida, Hedger moved to Virginia, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also coordinated social media content for the admissions department and served as senior editor of the literary journal, Living Waters Review.
Supporting School Efforts to Combat Substance AbuseBy Joseph Hedger
Mortality rates from overdose in adolescents rose by 94 percent in 2020, largely due to illicit fentanyl.
Education Drives State and Federal Elections in 2022By Abigail Potts and Joseph Hedger
In 2022, voters across the U.S. elected 28 new state board members and nine new governors.
State Strategies to Advance Digital EquityBy Joseph Hedger
By spearheading efforts to collect data, collaborate with partners, buy digital devices and infrastructure, and reimagine effective technology use, several states have made strides toward digital equity in schools.
Using Federal Funds to Remediate LeadBy Joseph Hedger
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.
Michigan Adds Certificate for Birth to Kindergarten TeachersBy Joseph Hedger and Winona Hao
A detail of how the Michigan State Board of Education, working closely with the state education agency, is expanding opportunities to improve early educators’ preparation.