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State Policy

From Illinois to Texas to California, Teach Plus teachers achieve change in state policy by testifying before state legislatures, meeting with lawmakers, publishing reports, policy briefs, and op-eds—and by mobilizing teachers in their school, district, and state to bring change to scale.

TEACHERS ACHIEVE HISTORIC FUNDING REFORM IN ILLINOIS

For more than two decades, Illinois had the most inequitable education funding formula in the nation.  On August 31, 2017 Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB1947, which puts in place a new formula that will direct money to neediest districts first. Teach Plus teachers took a leading role in a coalition of organizations fighting for funding reform. The sustained statewide presence of Teach Plus teachers was critical to the funding reform efforts.  

Read more about our teachers’ advocacy in Illinois.

INDIANA EDUCATORS IMPROVE STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND TEACHER INDUCTION POLICIES

In the spring of 2017, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law two bills that incorporate extensive feedback from Teach Plus teachers in the state.    

Read more about our teachers’ advocacy in Indiana.

IN INAGURAL YEAR, TEXAS EDUCATORS STRENGTHEN TEACHER PREPARATION

Texas is home to more than five million students, 60 percent of them economically disadvantaged.  Across the state, 30,000 first-year teachers are trained by 231 preparation programs of widely-disparate quality.  Teach Plus teachers knew they had to do better—and built incredible momentum in Teach Plus’ launch year in the Lone 
Star state.

Read more about our teachers’ advocacy in Texas.

CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS MAKE STRIDES TO STRENGTHEN THE TEACHING PROFESSION

In March 2017, Teach Plus teachers together with California Asm. Shirley Weber introduced AB1220, the Teacher and Student Success Act, that would for the first time make teacher tenure in the state a true, earned professional benchmark.  The teachers crafted key provisions of AB1220 and worked closely with Asm. Weber to develop the bill’s language.

Read more about our teachers’ advocacy in California.

NEW MEXICO’S NEW EVALUATION RULES ARE DEVELOPED BY TEACHERS, FOR TEACHERS

At a time when many states are struggling to implement evaluation systems that work for teachers and students, Teach Plus teachers in New Mexico focused on developing a sustainable, long-term solution to evaluation that their peers support.  The new teacher evaluation system in New Mexico reflects the aspirations of classroom teachers across the state.

Read more about our teachers’ advocacy in New Mexico.