State of the States

NEFA is pleased to host the 11th Annual State of the States Round Table.  Proposals are now being accepted.

State of the States Round Table
Virtual Conference Session
April 5 - 9, 2021

State of the States Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Henry Tran
Dr. David Buckman

State of the States Co-Facilitators
Dr. Tyrone Bynoe
Dr. Randall Vesely


To ensure the round table experience is beneficial to all participants steps have been taken to create a template that focuses discussion points around four specific areas. Participants are encouraged to structure submissions around these four discussion points. Submissions should be limited to a strict two-page maximum. State of the State responses should focus primarily upon 2020 budgets and actions.

  1. Funding Priorities for P-12 and/or Higher Education.
  2. Changes to Funding Formula for P-12 and/or Higher Education.
  3. Pressing State Issues Affecting P-12 and/or Higher Education Funding.
  4. Exclusive to P-12: Forces Diverting Funds from Traditional Public School District  and/or Exclusive to Higher Education: Trends in State Funding for Public Institutions.

Please include the following short answers in the State of the State summary:

  • P-12 Per-pupil expenditure (just a figure)
  • Allocation of State dollars and percent of the State Budget for P-12 and HE  (just a figure and percentage)

* We recognize that the legislative session will be not finished in most states by the time of the conference.  We anticipate the presentation will be a work in progress.  The final manuscript will be submitted after the sessions.

On the day of the round table, participants will be divided into small regional groups to ensure all have an opportunity to share what has been prepared around these four discussion points.  All attendees of NEFA 2021 will have electronic access to all submissions.  

To participate in NEFA‘s State of the States, please send a request for your state using the "STATE REQUEST" link below. The committee will confirm that the state of your choice is still available, or will suggest another state. Presenters residing in the state of their choice will be given preference. Final reports (using the guidelines above) should be submitted by April 2021.