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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

college studentsNCSL provides an overview of innovative state strategies to provide low-cost or no-cost tuition for community colleges and to help students begin to earn community college credits while still in high school.

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION STUDY GROUP

Students in front of mapNCSL is undertaking an in-depth look at the education reform agendas and strategies of other countries to explore potential ways education can be improved in the United States. A bipartisan study group are working with leading international experts to understand the systems, policies and strategies of the best performing countries around the world.

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 ACCOUNTABILITY IN PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE

picture of young studentsSchool innovation and autonomy are cornerstones of an effective school choice program and program accountability is key to effective public policy. States have sought to balance these seemingly conflicting interests in very different ways. Read this report to learn about accountability in private school choice programs.

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LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STAFF NETWORK

Legislative Education Staff Network logoLESN is a network of knowledgeable legislative staff who work on education policy and, since 1986, has provided opportunities and online resources for education staff. It is a partnership of NCSL and the Education Commission of the States. All education legislative staff are invited to participate.

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OVERVIEW | EDUCATION

The NCSL Education Program tracks state legislative action on K-12 education, college and career readiness, higher education and adult learning. We gather and conduct research on education topics important to states, provide customized assistance for state legislatures, highlight education policy news and disseminate information on best practices relating to state and federal education issues.

Contact NCSL staff for information about our work on these education issues or to arrange for customized technical assistance in your state, which can include briefings on state policy trends, in-depth research and meeting facilitation.

STANDING COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

People attending a meetingThe committee has jurisdiction over P-20 education issues, early childhood education, K-12 reform efforts, higher education, school violence, special education, teachers, school finance and adequacy. Policy directive and resolutions adopted by the committee guide lobbying on education issues. Follow the link below for a roster of members and staff contacts.

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DATABASE

American flagThe NCSL Education bill tracking database tracks state education legislation on more than 50  issues. The database includes enacted legislation.

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