Research by Mikko Lindberg


Policy Analysis | October 2016

Employee Voting Leave Regulations

Mikko Lindberg

Nine of the 15 SLC member states provide regulatory guidelines under which employers may grant employees time off to vote in an election.

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Policy Analysis | August 2016

Southern High School Graduation Rates

Mikko Lindberg

High school graduation rates across the nation continue to rise to new heights, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The nation's high school graduation rate hit 82 percent in 2013-14, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

Since 2010, states, districts and schools have been using a new, common metric to promote greater accountability, reduce dropout rates, and increase graduation rates. For four consecutive years, graduation rates have continued to climb, which reflects continued progress among America's high school students.

For a number of years, the SLC Comparative Data Report on Education, prepared annually by legislative staff in West Virginia, has tracked graduation rates in SLC member states, among other key figures. This year’s report shows that the average graduation rate for SLC member states is slightly above the national norm, at 82.5 percent versus 82.3 percent, with Texas leading the Southern region, with a high school graduation rate of 88.3 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

Public High School Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (2013-2014)

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SLC Regional Resource | February 2016

Special Education School Vouchers: A Look at Southern States

Mikko Lindberg

School choice continues to generate debate in state legislatures, even as several states move toward offering their students options beyond the K-12 public school setting. However, given the particular circumstances of children with special needs, less debate and controversy has surrounded the implementation of school choice programs for students in special education classrooms. Since state governments have a constitutional obligation to provide an education to all children, creating more educational options for children with special needs has the most potential for providing them the best education possible. Meanwhile, considering that the average annual cost of a special education student is $9,369 above the norm, the provision of legally required additional services for special needs students can prove costly for public schools with a small student population, where economies of scale are not feasible. Allowing and supplying additional school options for special education students, in these cases, may provide savings for schools unable to provide cost-effective specialized services for the limited number of students requiring them.

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More Research by Mikko Lindberg


Policy Analysis | February 2016

Higher Education Funding

SLC Regional Resource | November 2015

Student Assessments in Southern States: Recent Developments

Policy Analysis | October 2015

2015 Update on Common Core in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | May 2015

Governing Entities for Higher Education

Policy Analysis | April 2015

Primary Election Formulas of SLC Member States

SLC Regional Resource | February 2015

Common Core in the South: Where the States Stand Now

Policy Analysis | January 2015

State Occupational Boards and Commissions Fees

Policy Analysis | July 2014

In-State Tuition for Veterans

Policy Analysis | March 2014

Elderly Drivers

Policy Analysis | December 2013

Southern States' Early Graduation Policies

Policy Analysis | May 2013

Variable Gasoline Tax Rates

Policy Analysis | March 2013

Southern States' Distracted Driving Laws

Policy Analysis | November 2012

Government Performance Audit Agencies

Policy Analysis | September 2012

Seat Belt Regulations for 15-Passenger Vans

Policy Analysis | June 2012

Grandparental Visitation Rights

Policy Analysis | May 2012

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Policy Analysis | February 2012

State Employee Retirement Age in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | July 2011

Southern States' Annual Incomes Rates

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Southern States' Sunset Regulations

SLC Regional Resource | June 2010

Creating Value: Recycling in the Southern States

Policy Analysis | April 2010

Judicial Advisory Councils