Three new CEEP publications released today. The two CEEP Education Policy Briefs and CEEP Special Report are described below.
"Childhood Obesity and Nutrition Issues in the United States: An Update on School-based Policies and Practice" follows up on a 2005 CEEP brief on this topic. The new brief examines the latest research and statistics. Reasons for the continuing increase in obesity rates among children, and the latest federal and state initiatives to combat these causes are considered in the brief. A summary of 41 wellness policies collected from Indiana school districts is included. The brief also offers conclusions and recommendations to schools, education leaders, policymakers, and parents about how to curb the obesity epidemic.
"Student Count Mechanisms for Funding Purposes" is a new Education Policy Brief that provides an overview of the student enrollment count mechanisms that are currently employed by states. It then reviews Indiana’s outgoing count mechanism, the Single Count Date, and compares it with the newly enacted Multiple Count Dates mechanism. To conclude the discussion, the brief examines how other states use the Multiple Count Dates mechanism and highlights their varied experiences, to draw insights into how this new mechanism may impact Indiana school funding in the near future.
"Perspectives on the Key K-12 Education Legislation of 2012" is a CEEP Special Report that summarizes 14 education bills enacted by the 117th Indiana General Assembly. These specific bills are included in the report for their significance and potential long-term impact on the K-12 education delivery system in the state. The report includes commentary and perspectives from statewide education and advocacy associations on the new laws. Representatives from those associations were invited to share their views concerning the pros and cons of the new laws because of their knowledge and expertise of topics covered by the legislation. The summary also includes the perspectives of Terry Spradlin, Director for Education Policy at CEEP.