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NABITA Legislative Policy Corner: Meeting Students’ Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs

At the end of September, the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on “Back to School: Meeting Students’ Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs.” The hearing focused on how K-12 schools can help students get back on track academically and meet their social and emotional needs. The hearing opened with Chair Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-NMI) discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected students’ academic experience and how educators need to get students back to where they would have been if the pandemic had not occurred. During the hearing, the committee called on four witnesses: an Associate Director at FutureEd; CEO of Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; Tennessee Commissioner of Education; and Commissar of Education at Nebraska Department of Education. It is great to see that Congress is still investing time and effort to continue the conversation on how to help our future generations. To listen to the full hearing, click here.

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