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States Review Rules in Wake of College Admissions Scandals  

The issue of college admissions was further amplified when federal prosecutors indicted more than 30 college parents as part of the bribery scandal that became known as Operation Varsity Blues. 

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Principals and Policy Makers

NCSL gathered education committee chairs from around the country in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss a variety of pressing education topics, including the intricacies of school principals, their effects on teachers and students, and how to implement pipelines in their states.

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Displaying 'In God We Trust' in Public Schools

By September 2019, at least 19 states had enacted laws that either allow or require the display of the national motto in public buildings, including school buildings. Of these 19 states, nine have statutory language stating that public buildings may display the national motto.

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Legislators Focus on Non-Degree Credentials to Meet Attainment Goal

The value of non-degree credentials and the broader challenges facing today’s students were the focus during the 16th annual NCSL Legislative Institute on Higher Education, which drew 26 legislators and two staffers to Park City, Utah, earlier this month.

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 State Legislatures Magazine Takes Peek at World of Education 

It can feel like education officials just keep trying to reinvent the wheel. New curricula, new class sizes, new schedules, more choices, more testing, less testing. Yet the average test scores of our kids remain mediocre and keep slipping lower in international comparisons. 

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Pay for Play for College Athletes?

College athletes earn billions of dollars annually for their schools, television networks, apparel companies and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Should those student-athletes get a share of that revenue, in addition to the scholarships which pay for their education?

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How to Talk to Kids About Civics? Use NCSL's New Legislators Talking Points Card

It’s a familiar nightmare to many, in some way shape or form, you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom of school children, looking up at you, waiting, for you to tell them something interesting.

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College Presidents Focus on Serving Students, Meeting Workforce Needs

With increasing numbers of nontraditional and adult learners seeking postsecondary credentials and degrees, institutions are continuing to develop new approaches and strategies to promote student success.

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Tennessee Higher Education Leaders Discuss A Decade of Bipartisan Success

As state legislators seek to boost postsecondary credential attainment, many states have looked to Tennessee as a model for improving student attainment outcomes and modifying higher education governance.

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Education Funding: A Generational Challenge

Each year, NCSL’s Executive Committee meets to identify and discuss what priorities will dominate legislative chambers across the nation for the coming year. At the top of the list for 2019? Education funding reform.

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