CL4E President Karen Nussle: Back to School With New Opportunities & Strong Leadership

Since it’s Back to School time and for students and their families it seems to be a good time to take a look at some of the new policies that CL4E members have worked to enact recently to improve local education systems. Below are five new policies that are improving the overall quality of education in states.

  1. Missouri: Business leaders now have an easier time getting into classrooms to share their expertise and unique experiences through a Visiting Scholar Certification that can be renewed twice. The legislation from state Rep. Kathy Swan replaced a previous system that forced a lengthy and arduous path to the classroom for those looking to provide students with real-world knowledge and experience.
  2. Georgia: Parents who choose to send their children to state-sponsored charter schools are now assured that the funding formula will be equal to traditional neighborhood schools, thanks to the leadership of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The new formula ends the discrimination against families who want to take advantage of options beyond traditional public schools.
  3. Arizona: A new results-based funding system that rewards and encourages schools that produce strong results will be in its second year of implementation. Legislation from state Rep. Paul Boyer created a new system that prioritizes schools serving at-risk populations and gives educators incentives to help students excel. About $38 million was distributed based on a results-oriented system in the 2017-18 school year. This second year effort will continue to provide additional data to the state on the benefits this program is bringing to students.
  4. Oklahoma: High school juniors and seniors now have expanded opportunities for concurrent enrollment, thanks to a bill from state Sen. Stanislawski. Students will be able to start earning college credits in the comfort of their high school classrooms or online. Sen. Stanislawski’s legislation shifted the enrollment standard from university entrance requirements to course readiness.
  5. Utah: School districts may now use property tax revenues for capital development or to service debt for technology programs and projects. State Sen. Howard Stephenson took the lead on making sure that districts can keep up with the ever-growing demand in classrooms for students to have the latest technology.

You can read more about these strong policies and others that are improving schools for students and their families in our 2018 Policy Catalog: Inspiring Ideas for Today’s Leaders.