Strategies for Advancing Equity Through State Education Budgets During & Beyond COVID

This webinar explores opportunities, challenges, and strategies for governors as they create and move forward state education budgets during and beyond COVID-19. Topics of the conversation include how governors can maximize new federal funding to plan for both the short- and long-term educational needs of states and school districts and strategies for advancing equity at the state and district level.


  • Michael Griffith, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute
  • Dr. Marguerite Roza, Director, Edunomics Lab and Research Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Daniel G. Thatcher , Senior Fellow, Education, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Jonathan Travers, Partner, Education Resource Strategies


Dan Thatcher is a Senior Fellow at the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures where he has tracked education finance policy for over 13 years. In 2017, Dan cofounded NCSL’s Education Finance Fellowship in partnership with the Learning Policy Institute to support the expertise of state legislators and legislative staff in this critical policy area. Dan is a trusted, bipartisan resource on education finance and has worked with legislators in all 50 states. He has been cited by researchers and numerous national and regional news organizations, including the Associated Press, Education Week, Fox News, NPR, The New York Times, Politico, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Dan received his BS in political science from the University of Utah and his law degree from the University of Denver. Dan lives in his native Rocky Mountains with his wife, an infectious diseases doctor, and their twin boys. He enjoys skiing, fly fishing and playing and writing music.