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What Can the U.S. Learn from an International Assessment of Student Achievement?

International comparisons are tricky. Every three years the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development administers the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to half a million students in 65 countries. Legislators and staff attending NCSL’s Fall Forum got a special presentation on the results.

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Category: Public Policy
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While a recent Washington Post article notes that the Supreme Court isn’t hearing as many cases as usual this winter, the Court has not been shy about taking qualified immunity cases. 

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State Lawmakers Head to Capitol Hill

The Marketplace Fairness Act, fiscal uncertainty faced by states, unfunded federal mandates and tax reform were among the issues up for discussion Wednesday as more than 200 state legislators from 41 states met with congressional leadership and 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Elections Forecast Helps Kick Off NCSL Fall Forum

Courts will likely play a key role in settling election policy disputes, updating voting rolls will remain a challenge and state legislators will face a new wave of elections reforms.

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Category: Elections
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Colorado Gun Control Recall Prompts Senator to Resign

A Colorado Senator resigned last week before a recall election prompted by her vote in favor of new gun-control laws. The resignation preserved the Democrats' one-vote majority.

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Category: Legislators
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Chicago Magazine Profiles 'King of Illinois' Michael Madigan

Chicago magazine profiles Michael Madigan, whose 29 years as Illinois House speaker will soon make him the the longest-tenured House speaker in the nation's history.

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Category: Legislators
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Chambers to Watch: the Virginia Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates held scheduled elections in 2013 but the real news this year is in the state Senate.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Elections Policy: Looking Back at 2013 and Ahead to 2014

NCSL’s Redistricting and Elections Task Force will host a session during NCSL's Fall Forum of what to expect in elections policy in 2014.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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Family Loyalty or Civic Duty?

Today's New York Times carries a fascinating story about the choices faced and made by one-time powerful Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger whose brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, recently has been convicted of 11 murders and other crimes.

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Category: Legislators
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Driven by improving revenues and expenditures that were generally on target, states entered fiscal year (FY) 2014 in better fiscal shape than they have been in years according to NCSL's just-released "State Budget Actions FY 2013 and FY 2014."

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Category: Public Policy
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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