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May 2024: AESA State Examiner

May 30, 2024

Each month, the State Examiner covers five topics including:

  • Legislative Issue Monitoring
  • Statehouse News: Education Policy (with links to news items)
  • State Budget and Finance Monitoring
  • National Reports Impacting Education
  • Advocacy Tips

Each topic includes a brief introduction. To read the full articles under each headline, click on the "+" sign next to the topic.
Please find the pdf here for readers who prefer to print a version of the May 2024 State Examiner

Legislative Issue Monitoring

This month’s report for May 2024 will examine state-level legislation targeting college and career readiness including

  • Apprenticeships,
  • Career technical education,
  • Dual enrollment, and related policies.

Read the full article below.

State Budget and Finance Monitoring

AESA monitors state-level budget and finance news impacting preschool and primary and secondary education.

See the list of linked articles below.

National Reports Impacting Education

This month's highlights come from:

  • Brookings: Why Did Schools Lose Students After COVID-19?
  • School Finance Indicators Database (SFID): The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Funding Systems
  • Education Commission of the States: 50-State Comparison - K-12 Funding
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Expiration of Federal K-12 Emergency Funds Could Pose Challenges for States
  • Rand Research: Supports for Implementing Equitable Practices in the K–12 Classroom:  A Qualitative Study of Teachers' Perceptions

Read about these reports below.

Advocacy Tip

As a public sector education agency or non-profit organization, navigating the complex landscape of policymaking and statehouse politics can be a daunting and intimidating task. Hiring a skilled lobbyist or government relations specialist can be a strategic investment that amplifies your voice and advances your advocacy agenda or that of your statewide ESA network. However, it is crucial to approach this decision thoughtfully and with a clear understanding of your organization's or network’s needs and goals.  This month’s advocacy tip focuses on when and how to hire a government affairs specialist or lobbyist.


 AESA would like to highlight successful state-level advocacy campaigns. Share your triumphs in state advocacy with fellow members! Contribute to our newsletter by submitting your success stories – your experiences can enlighten and inspire others in navigating the often complex landscape of state advocacy. Together, we can amplify our collective knowledge for the benefit of the entire AESA membership. Send your stories to .


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