Over the past decade, SREB state policy-makers have focused on
actions to reduce dropout rates and increase high school
graduation rates. Some policymakers have suggested that raising
their state’s compulsory attendance age (often called the dropout
age) to require students to stay in school until age 17 or 18 is
an important step.
Charter schools have grown from a novel educational experiment
into a high-profile part of education reform. But research on
charter schools is limited, so key policy questions remain about
the effectiveness of charter schools, their impact on traditional
public schools, appropriate funding policies, and performance
The origins of the 180-day calendar, current instructional
requirements in SREB states, opening and closing dates, and
recent changes in school calendar flexibility — including the
four-day school week and year-round calendar.
In elementary and secondary education governance, the need to
build an effective system of public education is the driving
force behind the selection of a state’s key education leaders.
This paper provides a snapshot of what state K-12 governance
looks like in SREB states.