Southern Education Policy Update – Feb 2024

IDRA eNews: Previewing Legislative Sessions Happening in the South

(February 6, 2024) Across the South, state legislatures have already begun their legislative sessions, including in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Other state legislatures will be starting soon in Alabama (February 6), Arkansas (Fiscal Session beginning April 10), Louisiana (March 11) and North Carolina (April 24). Leaders in these states are pursuing education legislation that will impact education equity across the region.

IDRA’s policy advocacy campaigns, educator training, legal strategy work and research promote equitable educational opportunities for all students, particularly students of color, immigrant students, and those from communities with limited incomes in the U.S. South.

The Southern Policy Update covers policy, research and current events that have an impact on education equity in the U.S. South.

Learn more about our policy work here and join IDRA’s Southern Education Equity Network. For more information about IDRA’s regional work please contact Terrence Wilson, J.D., IDRA’s regional policy and community engagement director at

 In this Issue:

+ What We’ve Been Working on at IDRA…

  • IDRA’s 2024 Legislative Priorities in Georgia
  • Top Education Issues in Southern State Legislatures 
    • More Attempts to Divert Public Funds for School Vouchers
    • Potential Funding Formula Reform in Mississippi
    • Decreasing School Standards in Florida
    • Legislation Harmful for LGBTQ+ Students
    • Measures to Expand Hurtful Classroom Censorship
    • Arming School Personnel and Privatizing School Security

+ Southern Research Corner

  • Ending School Policing

+ South Got Somethin’ to Say – Education Headlines

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