WASHINGTON—State revenues remain constrained by the 2008 recession, resulting in generally flat education expenditures at a time of increasing student performance expectations. The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota and New Mexico—to participate in a policy academy that will focus on how best to efficiently reallocate state education resources in support of increasing educational performance and assist states in developing a plan for implementing recommendations on resource allocation and reallocation.

“Governors are in a unique position to set budget priorities, adjust resource levels and make policy changes necessary to facilitate educational improvement in their states,” said New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. “We are excited for the opportunity to participate in this innovative policy academy that will develop best practices for our state, help us to continue to focus dollars in the classroom on proven education reforms and serve to inspire improved practices across the country.”

The Resource Reallocation policy academy will focus on budget constraints faced by states and the trade-offs governors need to assess when it comes to state education budgets. In addition, the states will focus their work on how to more efficiently and effectively compensate educators and how to increase productivity and flexibility in the provision of educational services inside and outside the classroom. At the end of the process, NGA staff will capture the lessons and accomplishments of the participating states and share them with all of the states and territories.

A policy academy is a highly interactive, team-based, multi-state process for helping a select number of states develop and implement an action plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, research organizations and academia.

For more information, please visit www.nga.org/cms/center/edu.

 

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