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.


Joyce Elliott


Vice Chair

Kathryn Swan


Past Chair

Dolores Gresham



Cody Allen

Cody Allen
Policy Analyst

Recent Research

Comparative Data Report | July 19, 2017


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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SLC Regional Resource | June 21, 2017

STEM Teacher Preparation and Retention in the South

Roger Moore, Policy Analyst

As technological advancements continue driving innovation and automation across much of the global economy, STEM subjects — including coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — have increasingly become an essential component of educational standards at all levels, from as early as pre-kindergarten up to secondary education and beyond. Local, state and federal policymakers all have emphasized the importance of STEM coursework to America's students, appropriating hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to ensure the next generation of workers is equipped with the skills and knowledge to compete in the global workforce.

For the United States to remain competitive in the global economy, it will be important for states to address these shortages in the years ahead. Not to do so compounds the risks that students will fall behind in many critical skills that are essential to maintaining sustainable economic growth in today's globalized, automation-driven workforce. This SLC Regional Resource examines various initiatives in Southern states to increase the number of qualified primary and secondary teachers equipped with the skills and knowledge to successfully educate students in STEM subjects.

Policy Analysis | April 25, 2017

Fixed-Rate Tuition Pricing

Roger Moore, Policy Analyst

Three Southern Legislatures — North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas — have enacted statewide, fixed-rate tuition pricing for in-state undergraduate students attending public universities. Under fixed-rate tuition policies, incoming freshmen and qualifying transfer students are guaranteed a constant tuition rate until they graduate, under specified conditions. Only one other state in the nation, Illinois, has a similar statewide policy.

North Carolina General Statutes

In-state freshmen or transfer undergraduate students who have been admitted to any constituent institution of The University of North Carolina receive fixed-rate tuition for eight semesters of a four-year bachelor’s degree and 10 semesters of a five-year bachelor’s degree. A student must maintain continuous enrollment at their university of choice during the entire tuition period to continue receiving the fixed-rate tuition. At the end of the fixed-rate tuition period, the cost of tuition for all remaining semesters is charged at the current tuition rate of the institution.

§ 116-143.9
Effective 2016-2017 academic year

Oklahoma Statutes

The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education must offer incoming in-state students a fixed-rate tuition plan for four years or more, depending on the length of a bachelor’s program, as determined by the institution. Students who choose to participate in the fixed-rate tuition plan must maintain continuous enrollment for the duration of their bachelor’s program.

Institutions must provide to students the annual tuition rate and the percentage increase of regular tuition for the previous four academic years, as well as the annual tuition rate and percentage increases that would need to occur during the following four years for the traditional tuition plan to surpass the costs of the fixed-rate tuition plan of their selected bachelor’s program. The costs of fixed-rate tuition plans cannot exceed 115 percent of the traditional tuition plans during the same academic year.

§ 70-3218.8
Effective 2008-2009 academic year

Texas Education Code

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More SLC Research into Education

Comparative Data Report | June 15, 2016


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


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


Comparative Data Report | July 16, 2013


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


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


SLC Regional Resource | January 1, 2010

Autism and Schools

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2009


Issue Alert | December 1, 2008

Mid-Year Education Budget Reductions

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2008


SLC Regional Resource | January 1, 2008

Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2007


Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2006


SLC Regional Resource | April 1, 2006

Farm to School

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2005


Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2004


SLC Special Series Report | October 1, 2004

Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2003


SLC Special Series Report | April 1, 2003

Filling In the Gaps: Solving Teacher Shortages

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2002


SLC Regional Resource | June 1, 2002

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Comparative Data Report | November 1, 2001


SLC Special Series Report | January 1, 1999

Language Diversity in Southern Schools: The Growing Challenge