The federal and state elections are unlikely to yield a bounty of new education funding, some analysts say, but the passage of district-level tax measures will likely create opportunities for education companies.
In 2018, states introduced 165 bills on workforce development in education, and 27 proposals made it into law, according to the Education Commission of the States.
Thirty-six governors’ races and more three-quarters of the nation’s state legislative seats are on the ballot this fall, and voters’ choices are likely to have a big impact on education budgets.
Professional development tops administrators’ wish lists for spending federal Title IV grant money, but college- and career-readiness and social emotional learning are also big needs.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering allowing a federal grant program authorized under ESSA to support efforts to arm teachers.
Illustrative Mathematics CEO Lisa O’Masta, who leads one of the country’s biggest providers of open educational resources, explains what districts want from curriculum.
Local districts in California and Texas have more autonomy in buying curriculum than they used to, but many of them still count on recommendations from the state.
Many districts are likely to use a new infusion of federal Title IV money to enhance existing programs, predicts David DeSchryver of Whiteboard Advisors.
Twenty one states today have a process for reviewing districts’ choices of instructional materials, compared with just 14 two years ago, according to the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
Despite signs of improving state budgets, a relatively small percentage of K-12 district leaders expect local budget conditions to improve in the near term.