2022 Elections: A Look at State Policy

With the 2022 election results continuing to trickle in, we are learning who will serve as the states’ chief executive officer next year. 

On November 8, Americans in 36 states cast ballots to elect their state governor, with approximately a quarter of them winning their first term. As the Education Commission of the States noted, “Governors play an important role in shaping education policy in states through their power to appoint members of their state boards of education, department of education heads and other key roles. Governors also use their authority and budget proposals to advocate for specific education policies and funding.”

Politico recently provided a primer on the nine incoming state executives.  The Education Commission of the States looked at how the nation’s new governors’ campaign proposals may signal their approach to education, including Arkansas Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) pledge to expand teacher recruitment and Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro (D) promise to improve teacher retention and increasing school funding. 

More concretely, the National Conference of State Legislatures tracked more than 1,700 pieces of legislation that were introduced during the last legislative session and summarized some of the approximately 300 bills that will take effect in 2023.  The Education Commission of the States supplemented this analysis.