Another school year has started, and nearly every state
in the SREB region is facing major human capital challenges
including teacher shortages. Schools now face
shortages not only in STEM courses and special education but
in most subject areas.
SREB state legislators introduced over 4,600 education bills in
2019 regular sessions. At least 850 of these bills will become
law, with roughly one hundred this year relating to teachers and
principals. Here’s how seven notable bills align with SREB’s Teacher Preparation
While the first and
Report issues of the year are focused on gubernatorial
budget proposals, several SREB states have already completed
their 2019 regular legislative sessions — the first ones across
the finish line being Virginia and West Virginia. Here is a brief
summary of final actions in both states; we’ll have full
write-ups on final actions in all 16 SREB states in coming blog
posts and Legislative Report editions.
Teacher salaries are in the news, and we’ve been getting some questions about what actions SREB states are taking during this year’s legislative sessions. Here are proposals so far in 2019. Bonus: 2018 actions.
As legislatures convene regular sessions, we at SREB have
observed an uptick in bills focused on school safety. Some
propose dramatic changes in the way school districts hire and
train security personnel, develop emergency plans, or address
students’ mental and emotional health. Others make technical
changes to standing laws in order to lower the barriers districts
face in creating safe learning environments.