ERIC Number: ED498722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The 2007 Legislative Briefing
Grove, Jeffrey; Gaines, Gale F., Comp.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
"The 2007 Legislative Briefing" is a topical summary of actions during the 2006 legislative sessions that affect education in the 16 SREB states. Topics include state budgets and the economy, tax and revenue, school finance, teacher compensation, licensure, certification and evaluation of teachers, strengthening elementary and secondary education, virtual schools, charter schools and home schooling, student health and fitness, early childhood education, tuition and fees, faculty compensation, higher education governance and organization, scholarships and financial aid, lottery-funded items and higher education. Generally, the budgets adopted provided considerable increases for both K-12 and higher education, but as states started the fiscal year, it became evident that in some cases, the slowdown in the economy will cause leaders to reduce budgets in light of adjusted revenue estimates. States continue to work on improving teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. High school completion is receiving attention as several states are expanding efforts that help at-risk students stay in school and graduate, and that place academic or graduation coaches in schools. Several states also passed bills addressing career and technical education in high schools that will lead to improvements in career-themed curricula. States continue to expand state virtual schools and charter school programs. In higher education, tuition increases and affordability continue to be of concern. The rising cost of college textbooks has become a contentious issue, and several states are attempting to curb practices that can lead to higher costs. Colleges and universities have worked hard to increase access to students seeking higher education, and attention is now beginning to turn toward ensuring that students continue their studies and graduate.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Secondary Schools, Charter Schools, Textbooks, Elementary Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Finance, High Risk Students, State School District Relationship, Budgeting, Budgets, State Aid, Access to Education, State Legislation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia