Archive of State Policy

West Wind Hosts Screening of the American Teacher Documentary

on April 9th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

On Tuesday, April 3, West Wind Education Policy, Inc. and the Bijou Theatre at the University of Iowa co-hosted a screening of the American Teacher, a documentary produced by the Teacher Salary Project.  The Project aims to raise awareness of teacher working conditions in America, including salary, hours, and respect…

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Keeping the American Indian Education Truths Alive

on May 26th, 2011 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Since Osama bin Laden was killed nearly one month ago, many details about the mission have been unveiled. One particular story, which brings awareness to the “inappropriateness” of coding Osama bin Laden as “Geronimo,”[1] is a relevant and current reminder to the prevalence American Indians have as a thread of…

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Act 250 Helping Rid Wisconsin of Offensive Native American Mascots and Logos

on August 13th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

Wisconsin’s new law–Act 250–allows persons to file a complaint against a school board for its “use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots and team names.”  What is particularly exciting about the new law is that, during the resulting hearing before the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the school board and not…

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Wisconsin Mascot Law Having an Impact

on August 4th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

The Kewaunee School District in Wisconsin has decided to formally discontinue the use of its Indians team name and logo!  We think this is an extremely important issue for public education today. This decision comes after Wisconsin passed the historic Race Based Nicknames, Mascots, and Logos Law.  Here is some…

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State Policy Implications of the Model Core Teaching Standards

on July 1st, 2010 in Standards, State Policy by | No Comments

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States’ Impact on Federal Ed Policy Designed to Improve the Achievement of Disadvantaged Students

on March 24th, 2008 in Federal Policy, State Policy by | No Comments

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Report of the Focus Groups to Discuss Bold and Innovative Ideas

on November 1st, 2006 in Educator Effectiveness, Rural, State Policy by | No Comments

Download the Full Report (PDF) In 2005, the Iowa General Assembly created the Institute for Tomorrow’s Workforce (ITW). The ITW is charged with focusing elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education on what children need to know to be successful in Iowa’s global workforce. More specifically, the General Assembly asked the ITW…

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Perspectives on Georgia’s High Schools

on March 1st, 2006 in High School Improvement, State Policy, Systems Change by | No Comments

Download the Full Report (PDF) Educators and the public in Georgia share a growing concern about the capabilities of the public education system going forward into the 21st century. Despite our best efforts, changing demographics, economic realities, and challenges to democracy put pressure on the system as a whole to…

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High School Leadership: Preliminary Report

on March 1st, 2005 in High School Improvement, State Policy by | No Comments

Download the Full Report (PDF) Introduction Educators, education policy makers, and key stakeholders in New Hampshire are calling for improvements in the overall performance and completion rates of their high school students. This report introduces the New Hampshire Vision for High Schools and represents a compilation of a number of…

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Arizona HS Renewal & Improvement Initiative

on January 22nd, 2005 in High School Improvement, State Policy by | No Comments

Download the Full PDF Introduction Arizona is poised to usher in exciting renewal activities in its high schools, activities that will help to ensure all students in Arizona achieve to high levels and graduate from high school ready for college, work, and success in life. A broad cross-section of school,…

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