Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, gives the state of the state address on the first day of legislative session Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Educational improvements happen largely at the local level, so a governor’s “State of the State” speech can be an important annual lens on where the issue of education sits in a state. For a new governor—there are 20 this year—it is particularly significant because it sets the tone for his or her administration.

We’ve now heard nearly all these speeches for 2019. While every governor discussed education in some context, it was encouraging that two of them—Governor Polis of Colorado and Governor Little of Idaho—named education as

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