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A Look at State Education Governance

State boards of education are different in every state and have diverse policy authority. Some are created by the state constitution and others by statute. Some of their members are elected; some are appointed. In many states, it is the state board who selects the state education chief. In others, it is the governor. Use […]

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Policy Update

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.

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The Standard - Column

From the President’s Pen: Evaluating the State Chief

Even more widely varied than how a state board is assembled is its scope of authority, with a few being solely advisory and others totally independent. All state boards have three primary levers: the powers of policy, convening, and questioning.

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Policy Update

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.

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What State Election Results Mean for Education Policymaking in 2021

This webinar will explore the state election 2020 results.

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Announcement

Post-Election 2020 Webinar: November 12

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to give schools clear, consistent, effective national guidelines for reopening. How will his presidency impact education in the short- and long-term? On November 12 at 7 pm ET, NASBE is partnering with the Hunt Institute and others to host a special webinar with former U.S. Secretaries of Education Margaret Spellings and Arne […]

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Press Release

New Report Clarifies Student Data Privacy Rules for State Education Agencies

State boards can set the vision for sharing data to serve the interests of students, families, and schools. But doing so effectively requires an understanding of FERPA’s legal framework.

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Also from NASBE

State Education Agency Data Sharing and FERPA

Even though regulations to permit increased student data sharing under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act were revised a decade ago, many state education leaders remain uncertain about the types of data sharing they can approve. This reports brings clarity.

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The Standard - Column

From the President's Pen: Looking in the Mirror

The relentless pursuit of equity and excellence begins at the board table—not at the schoolhouse door.

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The Standard - Column

We the Media: Communicating in Anxiety-Laden Times

In the face of shifting, sometimes conflicting guidance, reopening schools is easier said than done. For communicating in uncertain times, my advice is this: Manage change with authority.

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Press Release

At Least 14 State Boards Elevate Teachers’ Voices in State Education Policymaking

A growing number of state boards of education are involving teachers in policymaking decisions, says NASBE analysis.

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Policy Update

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.

read more