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The Standard

Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.

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Education Leaders Reports

How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

This NASBE analysis details how statewide efforts to test for lead in school drinking water vary across the country.

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Policy Update

Reengaging Students through Physical Activity

By creating an inclusive culture for physical education and physical activity, state boards can help ensure that every student learns to lead a healthy, active life.

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Press Release

NASBE Redesigns Database of State Policies Covering 200 Topics Related to School Health

A companion Child Trends analysis of the updated data shows the number of states with policies on trauma-informed care training in schools has tripled since 2017.

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Press Release

NASBE Analysis Offers Policymakers Key Questions to Support Student Mental Health

There is an acute need for increased services, education, and supports for student mental health.

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Power of the Question

Six Questions State Boards Should Ask about Student Mental Health

There is an acute need for increased services, education, and supports for student mental health. Here are six questions to frame state board discussions on promoting student mental health.

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Press Release

NASBE Analysis Urges Policies that Empower Youth to Prevent Suicide

States can prioritize policies that leverage peer-to-peer support to increase the impact of their overall youth suicide prevention strategies.

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Policy Update

Empowering Youth to Prevent Suicide

This NASBE analysis highlights state action examples, identifies multipronged approaches to youth suicide prevention, and discusses federal funding opportunities available to states to support peer-to-peer programming.

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NASBE in the News

NASBE Report on Lead in Water Testing Cited in the Media

NASBE’s recent report How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water was featured in several news stories from EducationDive, District Administrator, The 74, and others.   From Education Dive’s story, “Report: Testing requirements for lead in school drinking water remain hit-or-miss nationwide,” November 3, 2021 – State leaders have long lacked federal requirements for […]

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Education Leaders Reports

How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

This NASBE analysis details how statewide efforts to test for lead in school drinking water vary across the country.

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Press Release

New NASBE Report Details How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

New research finds most states test for lead in drinking water, but efforts are inconsistent and face challenges.

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Press Release

State Leaders Can Promote Student Success by Prioritizing Physical Education

A new NASBE analysis details how state boards of education can support equitable access to physical activity and quality physical education through policymaking, convening, and community partnerships.

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Policy Update

Reengaging Students through Physical Activity

By creating an inclusive culture for physical education and physical activity, state boards can help ensure that every student learns to lead a healthy, active life.

read more