Research / Education


Policy Analysis | May 2021

Impact of the American Rescue Plan on Southern States

CSG Center of Innovation


Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Fiscal Recovery Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, included $350 billion in new federal fiscal assistance for states, territories, tribes, counties and municipalities. An additional $10 billion is available to states, territories and tribal governments for critical capital projects that directly enable work, education and health monitoring in response to COVID-19. The Council of State Governments' Center of Innovation analyzed uses and restrictions for these funds and compiled total allocations for Southern states.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: K-12 Education Funding

The American Rescue Plan provides over $137 billion to early childhood and K-12 schools to reopen safely, make up for lost learning opportunities and address inequities made worse by the pandemic.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Employers

Of the $1.9 trillion in funding in the American Rescue Plan, at least $62.4 billion is included to help private-sector employers stay in business, retain employees, provide sick leave and family medical care leave and respond more generally to the impact of COVID-19.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Industries

More than $34 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan is targeted at specific industries that were hit hardest by the pandemic including restaurants, entertainment venues and airlines.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Workers

The American Rescue Plan affects employees in many ways, whether they are at work, become unemployed or want access to care and education for their children, housing, health care and more.

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Comparative Data Reports | March 2021

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Transportation

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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Webinar | March 2021

Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: COVID-19 and Computer Science Education

Cody Allen

During the past year, pandemic-related disruptions have upended traditional learning and business operations leading to a virtual shift for students and workers across the country. Despite this, only 47 percent of high schools nationally offer computer science courses, leaving many students unprepared for this new environment. According to a 2020 report from the Code.org Advocacy Group, a nationwide computer science education alliance, only five states in the nation and one in the South - Arkansas - have implemented all of the recommended policy frameworks to establish computer science as a fundamental part of the K-12 education system. This program examines the state of computer science education and training in the South and discusses how policymakers can best prepare students for an increasingly technology-dependent future.

Presentations:

Anthony Owen, Director, Computer Science Education, Department of Education, Arkansas
Amy Roberts, Director, State Government Affairs, Code.org, Minnesota

2020-2021
Acting Chair

Senator
Greg Hembree
South Carolina

Immediate
Past Chair
Representative Kathryn Swan

Representative
Kathryn Swan

Missouri

Committee
Liaison
Cody Allen

Cody Allen
Policy Analyst


In most states, education is the single largest expenditure and often the top priority for lawmakers and their constituents. The SLC Education Committee focuses on educational systems at all levels and examines how Southern states are ensuring their students are properly prepared for college entry and ready to compete in the increasingly global economy. Equally, the committee considers the importance of developing greater technical skills in state workforces, preparation and retainment of effective teachers, the incorporation of new technologies and methodologies in the educational field, and the impact of federal initiatives on state and local educational systems.

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In-State Tuition for Veterans

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Southern States' Early Graduation Policies

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Higher Education Finance Reform

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Tuition Deregulation in Higher Education

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NCLB Waivers, Part Three

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Summer Heat and Fall Sports

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NCLB Update: The Waiver Option

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Post-secondary Access and Affordability

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Schools and Natural Disasters

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Changes in Teaching as a Profession

Policy Analysis | April 2011

School Choice and Charter Schools

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School Budgets Feeling the Pinch

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Changes to HOPE Scholarships

SLC Regional Resource | March 2011

State Section 529 Plans

Policy Analysis | November 2010

Retention and Completion Rates of College Freshmen

SLC Regional Resource | January 2010

Autism and Schools

Comparative Data Reports | November 2009

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Revenue

Policy Analysis | November 2009

Southern States' Student Loan Default Rates

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Mid-Year Education Budget Reductions

SLC Regional Resource | January 2008

Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Policy Analysis | December 2007

School Air Quality Policies

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Revenue

SLC Regional Resource | April 2006

Farm to School

SLC Special Series Report | October 2004

Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems

SLC Special Series Report | April 2003

Filling In the Gaps: Solving Teacher Shortages

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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

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