What Happened in Your State This November? - National Council of Teachers of English
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What Happened in Your State This November?

During November, eleven policy analysts published reports about what occurred in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Maryland: Cheryl North questions whether the PARCC scores in Maryland truly reflect students’ ability to succeed in college and career.

Oklahoma: Claudia Swisher lists the ramifications to students resulting from teacher shortages, the conversion of traditional public schools to charter schools, emergency certificates, and loosening requirements for teachers.

Higher Education

Arkansas: Donna Wake delineated Arkansas’s new proposed rules and regulations for public comment, including a four-tiered teacher licensure system and teacher residency programs.

California: According to Carol Booth Olson, all University of California campuses have now adopted the First Generation Faculty Initiative in order to have role models for first-generation students.

Florida: Jeffrey Kaplan described the opportunity of Puerto Rican students to attend colleges and schools in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Georgia: Michael Moore noted that higher education budget cuts are a growing burden on low-income students.

Missouri: Sabrina A. Brinson reminded readers that the Missouri statewide travel advisory issued by the NAACP is still in effect.

North Dakota: Karen P. Peirce reported that Governor Doug Burgum “outlined his ideas about the changing shape of higher education in the face of technological advances” to the North Dakota Legislative Higher Education Committee.

Vermont: Jay Petrillo analyzes Vermont’s initiative to increase college and technical training graduates to 70% by 2025.

West Virginia: Allison E. Carey revealed that West Virginia public colleges and universities incurred penalties for the state’s failure to file its audit on time three years in a row.

Wisconsin: Donna Pasternak explored the implications to students, English language arts, and NCTE in Wisconsin Establishes “3-Strikes Policy” for Students Disrupting Campus Speakers.