Each year, more than 250,000 service members transition out of the military. Many of them become entrepreneurs: nearly half of military veterans start their own business after completing their military service.

Exclusionary discipline (suspensions and expulsions) is contributing to the dropout crisis, particularly for those students at greatest risk. Research has shown that students who are suspended and expelled are less likely to graduate from high school—which comes with a big price tag to the nation.

Over the course of three years and hundreds of interviews, the Council of State Governments Justice Center has seen significant awareness to reform school discipline policies in a variety of school districts throughout the country. The map below offers just a glimpse of some of the impact made as schools work to keep students in the classroom while enforcing student safety and enabling all students to succeed.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses the progress of 4th- and 8th-graders in reading every two years. The NAEP reports that there were significant achievement gaps across demographic groups and states in 2013.

Medical marijuana has been around for years and support is growing in other states that don't already allow use of the drug for medical purposes.