NCU Understanding the State Department of Education & Higher Education Discussion

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Access the website for North Carolina department of PK-12 education or higher education based on your professional preference. Home Page | NC DPI .Every state should have a website for each of these organizations. Some example of PK-12 and higher education state department sites are provided in the resources for this week.

In this assignment, you will compare and contrast state education policy at either the PK-12 or higher education level by accessing websites for three states. One of the states must be North Carolina and the other states must be bordering your state (or at least in your region of the U.S.—Hawaii and Alaska residents may choose any other two states).

For this two-part assignment you will address the following:

Part I:

Write at least one paragraph for each state noting the following—What is each state saying about policy? Legislative news? What seems to be the focus or what seems to be important?

In your next paragraphs, compare and contrast the states. You may focus on areas of emphasis or areas of disagreement or discrepancy. In other words, what is the policy related items that you saw for one state that you didn’t see for another state?

Part II:

Find a news article from your state or local news or a video in which the leader of your states department of PK-12 or higher education has been interviewed or is making a statement. What is the leader saying? Write 1-2 paragraphs discussing what the leader has stated, how that relates to any policy initiatives or news items on the state’s website, how you view the leader’s comments, and the impact of that leader on your state.

This should be simple to do using the state of Kansas an example. Let’s assume that you are conducting Part I of this assignment from the state of Kansas as a PK-12 educator. As of summer 2018, the commissioner of education is Randy Watson. Here is an example of an article in which he issues public comments:

Note: If you are unable to find a resource to complete this assignment for your state, you may use another state. Please note to your instructor that you have had to use another state.

Length: 3-5 pages not including reference pages

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Outline
Topic: Understanding the State Department of Education in Various States
1. A. Write at least one paragraph for each state noting the following—What is each state
saying about policy? Legislative news? What seems to be the focus or what seems to be
important?
a. North Carolina’s state education policy focuses on diverse elements, such as the PK-

12 education budget information compiled in 2019-2020
b. The Virginia Department of education's focus concerning policy encompasses

updating the guidance for the PK-12 schools reopening, including the state's
considerations in facilitating the school reopening, especially following the COVID19 surge.
c. Tennessee’s education department has policies that support diverse attributes critical

for effective education within the PK-12 levels.
B. compare and contrast the states
a. North Carolina state policies are more focused on the adopted general procedures that
govern the public school systems
b. The North Carolina and Virginia states' education policies for the PK-12 do not
identify strategies that can help strengthen career and technical education.
c. This is the case with the Tennessee state policy that identifies approaches to help their
learners advance within the postulated domain.
2. Find a news article from your state or local news or a video in which the leader of your
states department of PK-12 or higher education has been interviewed or is making a

statement. What is the leader saying? Write 1-2 paragraphs discussing what the leader has
stated, how that relates to any policy initiatives or news items on the state’s website, how
you view the leader’s comments, and the impact of that leader on your state.
a. The state’s department leader, Catherine Truitt, postulated an evident scenario that
pertains to education attributes within North Carolina by opining that it had become
highly politicized
b. Truitt’s sentiments relate to the policy initiative that co...


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