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  • Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, left, speaks to reporters while Gov.-elect Glen Youngkin, of Virginia, Govs. Greg Abbott, of Texas, and Kim Reynolds and Pete Ricketts, of Nebraska, listen at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Governors, donors and strategists were riding high on Youngkin’s victory this month in a state Democratic President Joe Biden won by 10 points. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
    States Education Can Be a Winning Path for GOP, Says Incoming Virginia Governor
    A newcomer to politics, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin won in a strongly Democratic state by tapping into culture war fights over school curricula.
    The Associated Press, November 18, 2021
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    Frank Edelblut speaks at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 31, 2017, during a public hearing on his nomination to lead the state's education department. As first-term Gov. Chris Sununu builds out his cabinet of commissioners, he's tapped some appointees with little to no professional experience in the departments they're tasked with leading. For education, he tapped Edelblut, a businessman who homeschooled his children.
    Frank Edelblut speaks at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 31, 2017, during a public hearing on his nomination to lead the state's education department. As first-term Gov. Chris Sununu builds out his cabinet of commissioners, he's tapped some appointees with little to no professional experience in the departments they're tasked with leading. For education, he tapped Edelblut, a businessman who homeschooled his children.
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    States How a Website to Complain About Teachers Is Fueling the Critical Race Theory Fight
    It was pitched as an effort to strengthen anti-discrimination laws, but critics say it aims to reject any discussion of systemic racism.
    The Associated Press, November 15, 2021
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    States Opinion 5 Takeaways for Education From Virginia's Governor Race
    In an election where K-12 schooling was widely seen as the central issue, Glenn Youngkin’s victory has important implications for schools.
    Rick Hess, November 5, 2021
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    Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin holds a broom as he greets supporters at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
    Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, holds a broom as he greets supporters at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., after he defeated Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe.
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    States Anxiety Over Schools Fired Up Voters This Year. What About 2022?
    Election results from Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere suggest educators and schools will be firmly in the spotlight next year.
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 4, 2021
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    Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, left, gestures a he talks with supporters during a rally in Culpeper, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Youngkin faces former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the November election.
    Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, left, talks with supporters during a rally in Culpeper, Va. Youngkin faces former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the November election.
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    States How One Governor's Race Has Channeled National and Local Anger Over Schools
    Virginia's gubernatorial candidates are fighting over everything from parents' roles to banning books. Is this a preview of 2022 elections?
    Andrew Ujifusa, October 27, 2021
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    Claudia Carranza, of Harlingen, hugs her son, Laur Kaufman, 13, at a rally against House Bill 25, a bill that would ban transgender girls from participating in girls school sports, outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
    Claudia Carranza, of Harlingen, hugs her son, Laur Kaufman, 13, at a rally against House Bill 25, a bill that would ban transgender girls from participating in girls school sports, outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.
    Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP
    States ‘Hateful’: White House Blasts Texas’ Pending Restriction on Transgender Student Athletes
    Abbott hasn’t said when he’ll sign House Bill 25 into law, but there’s no doubt he will, having pressed for the trans sports ban all year.
    Todd J. Gillman, The Dallas Morning News, October 20, 2021
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    Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix on April 15, 2021. Ducey signed legislation banning government agencies from requiring training in so-called "critical race theory" as he begins considering the remaining bills from the legislative session that ended last week.
    Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill in April that would ban school districts from requiring training in so-called "critical race theory." That law is now being challenged in courts.
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    States Critical Race Theory Law Runs Into Legal Trouble in Arizona
    A county judge ruled last month that Arizona's restriction on classroom discussions about race was passed in a deceptive manner.
    Eesha Pendharkar, October 8, 2021
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    Marcus Morgan, 14, waits to receive his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Families Together of Orange County in Tustin, Calif., on May 13, 2021.
    Marcus Morgan, 14, waits to receive his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Families Together of Orange County in Tustin, Calif., on May 13, 2021.
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    States California Is Mandating COVID Vaccines for Kids. Will Other States Follow?
    California's is the first statewide student requirement for COVID-19 vaccines. Will other states follow? And what about loopholes?
    Evie Blad, October 4, 2021
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    Opponents of legislation that tightened  rules on exemptions for vaccinations demonstrate outside the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, Calif., in Sept. 2019. Medical exemptions in California more than tripled in the three years after they became the only allowable reason for a student to be unvaccinated.
    Opponents of legislation that tightened rules on exemptions for vaccinations demonstrate outside the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, Calif., in Sept. 2019.
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    States How Vaccine Loopholes Could Weaken COVID Shot Mandates for Kids
    For years before the pandemic, states sought to tighten loopholes in school vaccine requirements. Those efforts may now be put to the test.
    Evie Blad, September 28, 2021
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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown at a news conference last month, appointed a new surgeon general for the state who issued an emergency rule that the decision to quarantine students will be up to parents, not school districts.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown at a news conference last month, appointed a new surgeon general for the state who issued an emergency rule that the decision to quarantine students will be up to parents, not school districts.
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    States To Quarantine or Not? Florida Is Letting Parents Decide
    The choice to quarantine exposed students will be up to parents, not school districts, under a rule signed by Florida’s new surgeon general.
    Scott Travis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 23, 2021
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    The Student Council lead the creation of “sensory hallways” at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va.
    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona looks on as Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks with reporters after touring Access Hawthorne Family Health Center, which is offering COVID-19 vaccines at 3040 S. Cicero Ave. in Cicero, as part of the Department of Education's "Return to School Road Trip" events in the Chicago area, Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2021.
    Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
    States During Site Visit From Cardona, Illinois Governor Defends Vaccine, Testing Policies
    “The testing regimen is there in order to make sure that they’re not entering the institution where they work and spreading COVID-19.”
    Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, September 22, 2021
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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus.
    In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addresses the media in Frankfort, Ky.
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    States Kentucky Ends All Statewide Mask Mandates After Governor's Vetoes Overridden
    The Republican-led legislation strips the Democratic governor's ability to issue statewide mask mandates in schools or anywhere else.
    Jack Brammer and Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader, September 10, 2021
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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, on June 8, 2021.
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, on June 8, 2021.
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    States Bill to Restrict How Race and Racism Is Taught in Schools Headed to Texas Governor
    If the "critical race theory" bill sounds familiar, that's because lawmakers passed a similar one during the regular legislative session.
    Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 3, 2021
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    States Infographic Which States Are Reporting COVID-19 Cases in Schools?
    Some states are reporting the number of COVID-19 cases in their schools and districts. Use this table to find your state's data.
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    States From Our Research Center Map: A-F Grades, Rankings for States on School Quality
    Here’s a map showing grades for all the states on this year’s Quality Counts summative report card, on which the nation gets a C overall.
    EdWeek Research Center, September 1, 2021
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