How educated are state legislators compared to the citizens they represent? That was the question The Chronicle of Higher Education set out to answer this summer by examining the educational backgrounds of the nation’s 7,000-plus state legislators.
According to data collected in April by the National Center on Time and Learning, every U.S. state except Minnesota sets a numeric standard for either minimum instructional days per year or total instructional hours per year.
Tenure and single salary schedules have been a part of the teaching profession for decades, dating back to a turn-of-the-20th-century push for due-process protections and standardized pay for this group of public employees. There is another reform movement afoot at the beginning of the 21st century — one that could be remembered for dramatically changing how teachers are evaluated and compensated, hired and fired, and retained or laid off.
Led by a rebound in durable-goods manufacturing, the economy of every Midwestern states grew in 2010, the first time such uniform growth has occurred in the region in three years. The rise in economic activity was most pronounced in Indiana and North Dakota.
Several Great Lakes-related measures have been introduced in state capitols across the region during the first half of 2011, from bills on how to handle future offshore wind energy projects to new legislative proposals on how states should manage their water resources.
A new Pew Center on the States study argues that states should embark on a new path when it comes to transportation policy and financing — one that is guided by clearly defined goals and relies on performance measures and data.