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Early Learning Is Critical Infrastructure
What happens in a child’s first three years has deep and long-lasting implications for success in school and life. SREB’s Early Childhood Commission heard more evidence of the return on investing in early learning at its meeting in Louisville last week. That return is at least 4:1 — but only for high quality, intensive programs. The task facing state policy makers, said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (right), chair of the Commission: "What policies will help develop resilient families and children who will arrive at school ready to succeed at school and life?" Full story > 
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State by State:
The Facts on English Learners
What programs does your state offer for English language learners, students whose native language is not English? How do schools assess their progress? This fast-growing population of students is a focus in many states as they implement readiness standards. SREB, the National Council of La Raza and the Hunt Institute offer state-by-state fact sheets with population trends, state and federal policies, and standards for English learners. More >
SREB Tracks Legislative, Budget Actions
SREB Legislative Report No. 2 details legislative and budget actions from Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  Updates From the States posts timely happenings in SREB-state legislatures. And an interactive map lets you follow legislation related to educator compensation, evaluation, preparation and more. About 170 bills are logged in the educator effectiveness bill tracker this session.
S.C. High School Is a Model of Continuous Improvement
In South Carolina, high-achieving Fort Mill High School keeps pushing to the next level. A member of the SREB High Schools That Work network, Fort Mill raised graduation requirements, enriched its career and technical education programs and improved guidance.

The school found new ways to support students who struggle academically: an algebra mastery program, an extra help center — and a redo, reteach and relearn policy called “The Power of I” (for incomplete). Fort Mill has earned an on-time graduation rate of more than 90 percent. 

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State department of education staff shared ideas for improving educator evaluation systems last month when SREB brought them together in Atlanta. Learn how SREB is helping with this work and hear attendees on the value of collaboration with other states: “It allows us to not go it alone,” says one. Watch the three-minute video > 
Policy & Practice brings you news about improving education across the continuum, pre-K through Ph.D., in SREB states. Contact us with questions and suggestions. 
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