Sen. Dennis DeBar
Sixteen legislators and eight staff embark on year-long project that will culminate in a major report that will provide a framework for state education systems to achieve at the highest level.
A group of state legislators from across the United States begin their work this week for a year-long project studying high-performing, equitable and efficient education systems around the world. Their findings will be used to produce a major report to state legislatures and the American public that provides a framework for policymakers and state education systems to ensure that all students achieve at high levels, equitably and efficiently.
The Legislative International Education Study Group of 16 state legislators and eight legislative staff members responsible for education in their states who were invited and convened by the National Center on Education and the Economy, the National Conference of State Legislatures and Southern Regional Education Board. This is the second such study group, after the first produced the 2016 report No Time to Lose, the most widely read report ever released by NCSL.
Especially relevant in the time of a global pandemic, the legislators will look through the lens of our current distance learning reality to hear how high-performing systems in other jurisdictions have been positioned to innovate to provide a strong and equitable education to all students. The group will also learn how states in the U.S. have begun implementing systemic education redesign based on the recommendations of No Time to Lose.
At their first (virtual) meeting this week, the study group will:
- Learn how the U.S. compares to top-performing education systems and understand the potential impact on our state economies if we fail to improve.
- Explore and discuss NCEE’s policy framework, which distills 35 years of research into the common policies and practices of top-performing education systems to achieve equity, excellence and efficiency.
- Discuss challenges with benchmarking other countries and why it is a useful approach.
- Choose a jurisdiction to further study in a small group through December.
Representative Andi Story, Alaska
Representative Terri Collins, Alabama
Representative Michelle Udall, Arizona
Representative Rene Plasencia, Florida
Representative Justin Woodson, Hawaii
Senator Max Wise, Kentucky
Representative Jim Davnie, Minnesota
Senator Dennis DeBar, Mississippi
Representative Llew Jones, Montana
Representative Graig Meyer, North Carolina
Representative Mary Heath, New Hampshire
Representative G. Andres Romero, New Mexico
Senator Marilyn Dondero-Loop, Nevada
Senator Ryan Aument, Pennsylvania
Senator Raumesh Akbari, Tennessee
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia
Dustin Jones, Fiscal Officer, Alabama House of Representatives
Joe Burks, Education Policy Analyst, Kentucky Senate Majority
Porscha Miner, Budget Analyst, Mississippi Legislative Budget Office
Jennifer Foor, Committee Counsel, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Rachel Gudgel, Staff Director, New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee
Lisa Lovello, Legislative Analyst, Louisiana House of Representatives Committee on Education
Stephanie Buchanan, Legislative Director for Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument
Pierce McNair, Director of Research, South Carolina House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee
Release from Southern Regional Education Board.