K-12 Racial Equity

Nationwide protests this summer called attention to racial disparities in policing as well as other U.S. institutions, including K-12 schools. The four briefs on this page discuss research and legislative action in curriculum, discipline, school policing and school staffing aimed at tackling issues of racial justice.


COVID-19: A New Approach to Back to School

NCSL's Our American States podcast looks at how K-12 schools can reopen safely amid an ongoing pandemic and what that might look like for the foreseeable future.

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2020 Virtual LESN Fall Meeting

Join us online for this year's fall meeting on December 1-2 from 1:00pm-4:00pm ET.


Student Loan Debt Resources

Total student loan debt held by borrowers climbed to over $1.6 trillion as of late 2019. With these record levels of debt, states are looking for ways to help student loan borrowers. This page provides several resources on how states are approaching the issue.


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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.