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Although they were not funded at the level they initially requested, seven states learned in late December that they will receive a $200 million 'runners-up' award.  Many of the reforms which now can be initiated include implementation efforts for the Common Core State Standards, improving data systems, advancing teacher effectiveness, technology supports, and STEM integration.  Those states include Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Improving America’s economy and creating an environment of global competitiveness requires more rigorous academic standards that prepare students for a future that will depend increasingly on enrolling in a college or university. State legislators are called upon to make funding decisions on a wide array of complex issues designed to ensure students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.

CSG's education division hosted the Policy Academy for Newly Elected Legislators in Atlanta on November 15-16, 2011 to discuss transformation and reform in a variety of policy areas. Pulling from CSG's southern region, 22 first-term legislators met with national experts and local educators to learn about:

Nationally, more than 7,000 students become dropouts every school day. That’s more than 1 million students each year who will not graduate from high school. 

Only 27 percent of students complete a postsecondary degree, even though 85 percent of students hold a high school diploma, according to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

That’s not enough to keep America competitive.

Have you ever wondered how state and federal policy directly impact students, classroom learning, teacher preparation, and overall achievement and success? Education Week has compiled a fascinating 30 year timeline titled "K-12 America Since 1981."

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