SLC Education Committee

In most states, education is the single largest expenditure and often the top priority for lawmakers and their constituents. The Education Committee focuses on educational systems at all levels and investigates ways in which states are ensuring that Southern students receive the best possible education. Recent issues examined by the Committee include student achievement, workforce development, college and career-readiness, educational technology, and implications of neuroscience on education policy.

Other issues in which the Committee has long-standing interest include early childhood education; reinventing high schools; school accountability; educational assessment; recruiting, training and retaining teachers; and school safety. The Committee also has addressed ways states can slow the increase in administrative spending for education programs without sacrificing quality. The international implications for building a world-class education system in the United States to assure the nation’s competitiveness with a quality, well-equipped workforce for the future routinely has been addressed.

2018-19
Chair

Senator
Joyce Elliott

Arkansas

2018-19
Vice Chair

Representative
Kathryn Swan

Missouri

Immediate
Past Chair

Senator
Dolores Gresham

Tennessee

Committee
Liaison

Cody Allen

Cody Allen
Policy Analyst

Recent Research


Policy Analysis | August 1, 2018

Apprenticeships in the South

Roger Moore, Policy Analyst

Due to a lack of training and education among prospective employees, many businesses often have difficulty finding enough skilled workers to remain competitive in the global economy. This is particularly the case for positions that require moderate to high levels of technical knowledge, which are critical for sustained success in today’s job market.

Successful apprenticeship programs, which have proven valuable for both businesses and students, can help state and local leaders address the skills gap that exists in many industries. For businesses, apprenticeships can nurture student interest in careers related to their industry, potentially increasing the number of applicants in the future and improving employee retention and productivity. They also facilitate robust partnerships with schools, thereby ensuring that education standards include the skills and training necessary to succeed in growing industries. For students, apprenticeships offer the opportunity to apply content learned in the classroom to the workplace, allowing them to explore career options by gaining critical work experience. Apprentices also can interact with mentors who can assist them later when they are seeking career opportunities.

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Comparative Data Report | July 17, 2018

Education

Hank Hager, Counsel, Senate Education Committee, West Virginia

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike in determining their respective state spending.

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Comparative Data Report | July 19, 2017

Education

Hank Hager, Senate Education Committee, West Virginia

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike in determining their respective state spending.

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More SLC Research into Education


SLC Regional Resource | June 21, 2017

STEM Teacher Preparation and Retention in the South

Policy Analysis | April 25, 2017

Fixed-Rate Tuition Pricing

Comparative Data Report | June 15, 2016

Education

SLC Regional Resource | February 3, 2016

Special Education School Vouchers: A Look at Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | November 11, 2015

Student Assessments in Southern States: Recent Developments

Policy Analysis | October 23, 2015

2015 Update on Common Core in SLC Member States

Comparative Data Report | August 26, 2015

Education

Webinar | June 18, 2015

Rural Development through Education

SLC Regional Resource | February 2, 2015

Common Core in the South: Where the States Stand Now

Comparative Data Report | July 18, 2014

Education

Comparative Data Report | July 16, 2013

Education

Policy Analysis | May 10, 2013

The Higher Education Disconnect

Policy Analysis | November 28, 2012

Higher Education Finance Reform

Webinar | October 23, 2012

Higher Education Finance Reform

Policy Analysis | June 28, 2012

The Stafford Loan Crisis in Perspective

Policy Analysis | April 27, 2012

Tuition Deregulation in Higher Education

Policy Analysis | February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers, Part Three

Policy Analysis | October 31, 2011

Student Loan Debt: The Rising Risk to the Recovery

Policy Analysis | October 7, 2011

NCLB Waivers, Part Two

Policy Analysis | September 9, 2011

Higher Education Performance and Accountability

Policy Analysis | August 11, 2011

Summer Heat and Fall Sports

Comparative Data Report | July 1, 2011

Education

Policy Analysis | June 10, 2011

Race to the Top Round 3

Issue Alert | June 2, 2011

NCLB Update: The Waiver Option

Policy Analysis | May 20, 2011

Post-secondary Access and Affordability

Policy Analysis | May 9, 2011

Schools and Natural Disasters

Policy Analysis | April 25, 2011

Changes in Teaching as a Profession

Policy Analysis | April 4, 2011

School Choice and Charter Schools

Policy Analysis | March 15, 2011

School Budgets Feeling the Pinch

Policy Analysis | March 8, 2011

Changes to HOPE Scholarships

SLC Regional Resource | March 1, 2011

State Section 529 Plans

Comparative Data Report | July 1, 2010

Education

SLC Regional Resource | January 1, 2010

Autism and Schools

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2009

Education

Issue Alert | December 1, 2008

Mid-Year Education Budget Reductions

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2008

Education

SLC Regional Resource | January 1, 2008

Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2007

Education

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2006

Education

SLC Regional Resource | April 1, 2006

Farm to School

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2005

Education

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2004

Education

SLC Special Series Report | October 1, 2004

Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2003

Education

SLC Special Series Report | April 1, 2003

Filling In the Gaps: Solving Teacher Shortages

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2002

Education

SLC Regional Resource | June 1, 2002

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2001

Education

SLC Special Series Report | January 1, 1999

Language Diversity in Southern Schools: The Growing Challenge