Update: State of the States
March 20, 2019

Updated on March 20, 2019

As many legislative sessions pass their halfway point—with some getting a late start and others now concluded—Network members have released a number of resources that provide an overview of the state of education in their respective states. Some of these are in response to governors’ state of the state speeches; others are reports that identify new priorities or underscore ongoing ones.

ArizonaExpect More Arizona and Stand for Children Arizona both issued responses to Governor Ducey’s State of the State address. In light of last year’s labor unrest, both groups highlighted the need to increase teacher salaries among other priorities.

ColoradoColorado Succeeds offered a recap of Governor Polis’ State of the State address, noting the economic impact and importance of having a highly educated workforce.

GeorgiaGeorgiaCAN took stock of the state’s accomplishments in education, solicited input from the community, and mapped out “four guiding stars” to help with system-wide goal setting.

Kentucky — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is watching a host of issues as the state gears up for what promises to be a closely watched gubernatorial election later this year.

MichiganThe Education Trust-Midwest released an analysis of Governor Whitmer’s school aid budget, highlighting key components of her proposal. It included fair school funding, early literacy, and postsecondary access.

North CarolinaBEST NC released an analysis of Governor Cooper’s budget proposal, which included advocacy priorities like teacher and principal salary increases, school safety, student support services, and teacher recruitment.

OhioThe Thomas B. Fordham Institute Ohio published an annual guidebook with vital statistics about schools and students in the Buckeye State. The 2019 update is the third edition of this publication.

TennesseeTennessee SCORE praised Governor Bill Lee’s first State of the State address, which put education at the top of his agenda. The state’s sustained focus on the issue comes in light of the organization’s recently released priorities report.

In addition, the Education Commission of the States just released an analysis of what governors said in their state of the state addresses. School finance was a hot topic, as were workforce development and teacher quality. Other common themes included college affordability and school health initiatives.

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Dale Chu

Dale is a consultant for the PIE Network and president at DC Strategies


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