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State Policy

From Illinois to Texas to California, Teach Plus Teacher Leaders 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.

SHAPING EDUCATION POLICY FROM THE SCHOOLHOUSE TO THE STATEHOUSE

Through our programs, we ensure that Teach Plus Teacher Leaders are well-informed, ready with solutions, and prepared to lead. This combination is essential if teachers are to shape systemic change in education that yields greater opportunity for students.

Read more about our state-level impact across our regions.

ILLINOIS: TEACH PLUS TEACHER LEADERS BUILD A RESTORATIVE PRACTICES MOVEMENT

Using the research skills acquired during the Policy Fellowship, Teach Plus Teacher Leaders surveyed educators in their state to understand how legislation that aimed to create more effective student discipline practices in schools was being implemented in the state. The Teacher Leaders based their recommendations on their research and ramped up a campaign to educate their peers on their findings.

Read more about our work in Illinois.

CALIFORNIA: TEACH PLUS TEACHER LEADERS ADVOCATE FOR NEWCOMER STUDENTS

Teach Plus Teacher Leaders advocated for a statewide solution on incorporating newly-arrived immigrant students into legislation that enables them to have a 5th year of high school. The bill provides newcomers who enter California public schools in their 3rd or 4th year of high school with access to a 5th year in order to meet local graduation requirements.

Read more about our work in California.