School Safety Overview and Legislative Tracking

Policymakers continue to grapple with ways to address what has become an all-too-common reality. You can view the latest school safety legislation in this interactive graphic. 


Improving Principal Quality to Increase Teacher Retention

Working conditions matter for teacher retention. Research shows that effective principals increase teacher retention through establishing positive working environments. State policies can encourage the development of local principal pipelines, which is an effective, affordable, and feasible way to improve principal quality.






Legislative Preview: Affordability, Free Speech Among Trends in Higher Education

State lawmakers have introduced hundreds of postsecondary education bills since the start of the year, most related to financial aid and affordability programs, and are aiming to address additional challenges many college students face.


NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

We know legislators are searching for the latest research and information to address the teacher and principal shortages. Visit NCSL's Legislative Video Resource Center to view our recent meetings with the experts, including the crisis in teaching and policies to support effective school leaders.


States Act to Allow Student Mental Health Days

Whether they personally suffer from anxiety and depression, 7 in 10 teens today say there are major problems among their peers. Policymakers have acknowledged the ongoing concern over student mental health, and state legislatures are addressing the issue and mental health days in a variety of ways.


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Education Bill Tracking and Databases

The NCSL Education Program has nine different tools to track legislation in areas including early learning, postsecondary education, and school safety.


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The Education Standing 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. See a roster of members and staff contacts.