Building a Strong Early Learning Workforce

The quality of early education teachers has been shown to be a key driver in overall classroom quality and outcomes for prekindergarten children. Also, early education teachers are prepared, regulated, and compensated differently, and often more poorly, than their K-12 counterparts.


Student Athlete Compensation

A growing number of states have passed legislation allowing athletes to receive compensation for their names, images or likenesses. Under these laws, student-athletes could earn money for endorsements, advertising and events such as autograph signings.





2021 Education Virtual Meetings

The challenges brought on by COVID-19 continue to affect education policy, and new questions are expected as the country moves towards more vaccinations and schools reopening. The NCSL Education Program is providing virtual meetings to equip legislators and staff with the information they need to address these concerns.


A Look at Shifting Trends in Transgender Athlete Policies

In March 2020, Idaho became the first state to pass legislation preventing transgender women and girls from participating in high school and college women’s sports. Although implementation of Idaho’s law has been suspended for the moment, the idea has gained momentum across the country.


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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.