Latest US Education Legislation News

Tennessee

A bill that prevents Tennessee teachers from educating students about the impact of racism, critiques of meritocracies, how some people could be economically and socially privileged compared to ethnic minorities and other kinds of lessons was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on April 8 according to ABC24.

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Tennessee’s Republican-dominated General Assembly has passed an overhaul of the state formula for funding its multi-billion-dollar K-12 education system, angering Democratic lawmakers who were abruptly blocked from floor discussion of one of this year’s most sweeping pieces of legislation according to ABC24.

Kentucky

The Kentucky legislature recently wrapped up the 2022 session and, according to 84th Dist. state Rep. Chris Fugate, education was a priority.

“Over the course of this session, education remained a top priority for us in Frankfort,” said Fugate. “We know education is the key to building a life of health, economic success and happiness,” he said, explaining that state officials passed several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing parental engagement, investing in the fundamental skill of literacy and streamlining curriculum decisions according to the Hazard-Herald.

Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law Thursday a number of controversial education policies that have dominated election-year culture wars. Earlier this year, the Republican governor pledged to enact broad school reforms in an effort to cater to conservative parents and curry favor with voters as he approaches the May 24 primary according to GPB.

Rhode Island

A controversial sex education bill is sparking deep discussion and even getting some push back.The Rhode Island Senate Education Committee heard S.2285 Wednesday evening according to 10WJAR.

Louisiana

Bills to give parents of certain students more educational options gained approval from the House Committee on Appropriations, while another broader proposal was shelved by the bill’s sponsor. The House Committee on Appropriations voted unanimously to advance House bills 194 and 452, which would create state-funded Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) parents can use to educate their children outside of the public education system according to the Center Square.

MIchigan

Standardized test scores wouldn’t be a factor this year in educator evaluations or decisions about whether third-graders can move up to fourth grade, under proposed legislation to loosen state education requirements to account for disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposals introduced last week recognize the pandemic’s effect on instruction over the past two years, and the stresses of switching between remote and in-person learning as waves of COVID infections forced building closures and quarantines. Those disruptions are becoming less frequent, but the effects of the chaotic 2020-21 school year are lasting, said state Rep. Lori Stone, and students and educators shouldn’t be punished for them according to Detroit Chalkbeat.

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