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Every child deserves a quality education and the opportunity that comes with it. Compared to other states, however, Michigan does not ensure that kids—especially those in families with low incomes—grow up under conditions that support their success.Housing in particular is critical to children's achievement, but families with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) and other non-wage sources of income often have a hard time finding landlords who will rent to them. Several Michigan communities protect renters from this type of discrimination. A similar state-level law would give all families with vouchers more options for safe housing in healthy, opportunity-rich neighborhoods. The resulting education benefits would promote bright futures for kids, a strong workforce and economic prosperity for the whole state.
Migration Policy Institute;
Once considered a less-rigorous high school pathway, career and technical education (CTE) has experienced a renaissance since the 1990s, as more high-skilled and white-collar professions have been included in these elective course options. Research indicates that participation in CTE—especially taking more than one course in a single occupational area—is correlated with benefits in graduation rates and earnings as an adult.As CTE's scope and audience have grown, educators and advocates have brought attention to the need to ensure equitable access for historically marginalized student groups. For high school English Learners (ELs), who often face challenges to college and career readiness, CTE can play an important role in helping them stay engaged in school, graduate, and get on a path to a career providing a family-sustaining wage.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History encourages both Mississippi residents and those who live outside of the state to utilize our resources when researching family history. MDAH provides access to death records, marriage records, census records, county records, court cases and records, Dawes Rolls, Enumeration of Educable Children lists, contracts from the Freedman's Bureau, and military records.MDAH wants to assist those looking to trace their family genealogy. With only minimal information, you can discover roots long buried by time, separation, and migration.
College Futures Foundation;
This report synthesizes relevant scholarly literature to better understand the role higher education institutions play in shaping college student mental health. In doing so, it is designed to spark more expansive conversations about how higher education institutions can address collective mental health challenges and promote greater well-being on their campuses.
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation;
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), which implements the state's Mixed Delivery program, initiated this gap analysis to identify and document the status of infant and toddler ECCE services across the state and to understand where gaps exist in the system. The analysis, which sought to answer six core questions, included a review and analysis of secondary data, as well as primary data collection from Virginia families with infants and toddlers who are unserved or underserved by the ECCE system.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU);
This report includes approaches that institutions can implement to increase diversity in higher education. The report offers concrete solutions to college students, education professionals, individuals, and institutions looking to further their commitment to pursuing racial equity. And it suggests ways to bring fair and robust educational opportunities to all students, paving the way for institutions to admit individuals from varied backgrounds to create a diverse campus that reflects the extensive resources and potential of our multiracial democracy.
Early Educator Investment Collaborative;
This national study of more than 4400 stakeholders in early childhood education (ECE) indicates a strong demand for addressing compensation and equity issues in the field as first steps toward a national lead teacher certification (NLTC).Compensation. Interviewees believed that addressing compensation concerns for all early childhood educators was necessary not only to facilitate the conditions for an eventual NLTC, but also to tackle existing inequities within the field. The low perceived value of a certification without accompanying assurances of increased compensation and other benefits was also raised. Equity. Nearly all participants expressed concerns related to equity, particularly regarding equitable access, support and outcomes associated with an NLTC. Stakeholders raised questions about the potential effects of an NLTC in a field characterized by systemic racism and existing structural barriers.
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change;
2022 was a year of countless attacks on the social fabric of our country, particularly at the state and local level. Sex education, LGBTQAI+ rights, transgender rights, and racial justice advocates saw a sudden flurry of hate-based bills filed that attacked vulnerable students, public school curriculum, and libraries. In fact, SIECUS observed a 438% increase in so-called "divisive concept" curriculum censorship legislation in 2022 as compared to 2021. Additionally, over 140 so-called "parental rights'' bills were introduced in 2022 seeking to weaponize conservative litigation against public schools using fear-based tactics to misguide parents.Navigating this complex sociopolitical landscape will be an arduous but necessary task for advocates working to advance sex education in the upcoming session. SIECUS believes that access to accurate and comprehensive sexual health information is not only key to improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes, but is essential for the health and well-being of young people.This legislative report will review the past year's legislation since the release of SIECUS's State Legislative Mid-Year Report and will give an overview of expected legislative trends for 2023.
When we partnered with the Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at Mississippi State University in 2021 to survey 6,496 teachers across the state about their pathway into the profession, financial well-being, career plans, and policy preferences, we had one mission: help struggling teachers.With about one in five teachers statewide participating, the 2021-2022 Mississippi Teacher Survey became a critical resource for crafting policy recommendations to address Mississippi's critical teacher shortage. Using this insight into Mississippi's educator pipeline, we subsequently released two publications detailing our analyses: Voices of the Shortage and Eyeing the Exit. The first report led to the largest single-year teacher pay raise in our state's history in 2022, while the second provided a deeper look into which teachers are at the highest risk of leaving the classroom.A year after the historic raise, Mississippi continues to see high levels of teacher turnover. We turned back to our reliable tool, surveying teachers, to confirm our hypothesis that record inflation, which reached a peak in 2022, was cutting into the gains promised by the teacher salary increase. With the 2022-2023 Mississippi Teacher Survey, we can confirm that record high inflation has largely negated the impact of the teacher pay raise.
The Biden administration launched a new income-driven repayment (IDR) plan for federal student loans this year called Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE). The plan cuts borrowers' monthly payments compared with current IDR plans, provides earlier loan forgiveness for smaller debts, and prevents unpaid interest from accumulating.To better understand how borrowers from different degree programs and higher education institutions will benefit from the new SAVE plan, this report uses College Scorecard data to examine loan repayment patterns for more than 25,000 postsecondary programs.
Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium;
The American School Shooting Study (TASSS) is an ongoing mixed-method project funded by the National Institute of Justice to catalog US school shootings. It has amassed data based on open sources and other public materials dating back to 1990. This brief presents new insights from TASSS, diving deeper into the database's potential to examine the locations, timing, and student involvement of youth-perpetrated gun violence.
This report describes teachers' views of key school safety and security needs, measures, and related issues, including specific questions focusing on arming teachers as an approach to school security. It uses the results of a fall 2022 survey via The RAND Corporation's American Educator Panels (AEP). The AEP are nationally representative samples of teachers, school leaders, and district leaders across the country. The panels are a proud member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research's Transparency Initiative.