The Education Commission of the States published a policy brief that looks at effective educator preparation, including course work and clinical experience. The brief considers traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs, highlighting the role of clinical experience in relation to teacher retention and diversified work environments. The brief includes a comparison of retention and recruitment policies in the 50 states. Read the policy brief here.

With college costs rising, many families have underestimated the financial burden and, in some cases, students have been forced to delay their higher education plans to save more money. In this report, Sharon Epperson highlights the 529 savings plan. To learn more about a 529 savings plan, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website.

A mixed-method study conducted at the University of North Carolina’s School of Law and UnidosUS argues that Latinx students face financial and transportation obstacles, impacting their ability to completing college. The article, “Obstacles on the Path to Degrees,” can be read here.

In the latest Data Matters blog, insights from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) are highlighted. Read how HEERF has supported students, institutions, and the ongoing support here.