State & National News
10/6/2020- ‘Schools must notify their communities of all COVID cases linked to their schools, Michigan’s top health official ruled Tuesday.’
10/7/2020- ‘State education leaders should think about leveraging information from accountability systems mainly to put in place support initiatives for school improvement, according to leaders who attended a webinar Tuesday hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers, rather than using it to make claims about school performance.’
10/12/2020- ‘The majority of Alabama’s four-year universities are doing away with requiring college admissions test scores in 2021 school year terms, continuing a new policy that began in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.’
10/10/2020- ‘Evaporating federal aid and uncertainty over what will happen next with the virus and the economic recovery are casting a long shadow over states’ finances.’
10/12/2020- ‘Confirmed COVID cases in Denver are now at their highest point since May, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and local public health officials warned residents the city could move backwards and impose more restrictions on businesses and events if the trajectory doesn’t change.’
10/14/2020- ‘The governor’s office announced Tuesday that Reeves has chosen Angela Bass of Jackson and Glenn East of Gulfport.’
Research & Analysis
Education Commission of the States: With national attention on the presidential race this election year, it can be easy to forget the important leadership positions and ballot measures that voters will be deciding on this November. The impact these races can have on states’ education systems is not something to be skipped, so we’re tracking these races closely to keep you informed.
A new policy paper published by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project proposes two new federal government programs designed to bridge the divide between higher education and the workforce system. The goal of these linked new programs and funding streams, the paper’s co-authors argue, is to expand and equalize access to postsecondary education, reduce the sector’s reliance on in-person instruction and to develop a “cumulative science” of adult learning.
Policy Roundup compiled by NAfME’s Matt Barusch.