Education Dive’s roundup of state legislatures’ education policy enactments from the last year shows a widespread focus on teachers issues, an expansion of school resource officers, and expanded mental health services.
Unsurprisingly, teacher issues (some in the wake of highly publicized strikes and demonstrations in state capitals) topped this year’s education agenda in many state capitals.
Upward of 1,418 bills were introduced on teaching issues alone this year, and a total of 191 have reached the governors’ desks so far. Most of these proposals addressed teacher compensation and certification and/or licensure, which remain growing concerns among educators. However, lawmakers varied widely in their approaches to tackling teaching issues.
School security, and mental health offerings, rounded out the recent trends covered in the article.
School funding in Maryland, including a much-discussed proposal to heavily invest in teacher pay, will be a topic of focus at the MACo Summer Conference in August. “The Changing Face of Maryland Education” will be held on Thursday, August 15, at 12:45 pm.
See details about that session and the dozens of workshops and other offerings in the MACo Summer Conference Registration Brochure.
The 2019 MACo Summer Conference is August 14-17 at the Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”
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