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2023 State of Education report

The 2023 State of Education report focuses on the challenges facing public schools, school finances, student mental health, school staffing and school infrastructure. Some key findings from this year’s report include:


  • Biggest challenges: Nearly threequarters (71%) of school districts reported student mental health needs and staffing shortages/constraints as their biggest challenges.
  • Staffing shortages: 92% of school districts reported experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers while a significant percentage of districts also reported shortages in instructional aides, drivers and special education staff.
  • Budget pressure: Mandatory charter school tuition payments were the top source of budget pressure for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Mental health: More than three-quarters (77%) of parents with school aged children rated their child’s school as having done a good job addressing the emotional health and well-being of students.