2021-2023 Biennium Review: EducationSession review
With schools back to in-person instruction, this year’s largest debate was over school funding in the face of declining enrollment. Forecasts expect more parents to pull their kids from traditional public schools in favor of private schools and homeschooling as frustrations with traditional public schools increases. Recent polling shows that approximately two-thirds of Americans believe that public schools are on the wrong track and should be focused on math, reading, and writing. Republicans advocated for bills to support school choice to address this shift, including Democrat-sponsored charter school bills, but all died. Democrats instead enacted several pieces of smaller legislation that are further overwhelming our school districts with paperwork and responsibilities outside of traditional academic responsibilities including several additional notices that must be given by schools and new areas of education such as bone marrow donation.