The following resources focus on the educational climate and betterment of those serving the K–12 educational community.

States Beef Up School Counseling Corps  Several states are making investments to build their corps of school counselors in the wake of mounting, quantifiable evidence that counseling support can be a powerful weapon in the battle to get more students through high school and into college. (Education Week, Dec. 13)

New Illinois Laws 2017: Schools and Education Lorraine Swanson briefly reviews new education laws that took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2017. Highlights include new legislation on school transportation, teacher profession development, charter school renewal, P-20 Council, school breakfasts, community college trustees, and more. (Chicago Patch, Jan. 1)

Precollege Interventions Help Increase College Readiness, Reduce Remediation  This alignment policy brief series is designed to elevate best practices and inform leaders in higher education about emerging collaborations with K–12. The first issue focused on the opportunity to leverage rigorous, aligned statewide assessments in high school and use them as early college readiness indicators for placement into credit-bearing courses. (Higher Education for Higher Standards)