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States Must Have Cybersecurity Plan

The massive data hack that hit Sony and resulted in the cancellation of the release of a major holiday-season movie is just the latest and most high-profile of a series of devastating data breaches, email attacks and other cybersecurity incidents.

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Prekindergarten Just Got a Boost in Many States

Many state legislatures continue to focus on developing and funding expansion in state prekindergarten programs to support children’s readiness for school. This topic will be one to watch in 2015.

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New Member Advice from 'Sophomores' to 'Freshmen'

Stay involved with your community. Lean on your staff. Everyone in the building is a potential ally at some time. Partner up.

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NCSL Study Group Hears How China's Culture, History Affects Education

The NCSL Study Tour moved from Shanghai to Beijing to discover how Chinese history and culture impacts the country's educational system.

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Legislative Staff Found Louisiana Hot and Hospitable During Seminars

The weather, the gumbo and the sessions were hot. That’s what the three professional development seminars (PDS) for legislative staff had in common when they met in the Pelican State this fall.

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Knowledge, Networking Main Takeaways for Legislative Staff at Fall Seminars

Legislative staff work in a unique environment. There is no college major for working in a state legislature (as far as we know), so NCSL steps up to provide training for this hard-working group by holding professional development seminars (PDS) each fall.

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NCSL Study Group Travels to China to Examine Student Test Performances

This year NCSL created the Study Group on International Education, a bipartisan group of 24 legislators and six legislative staff. The group will meet to study with international and national experts to learn what the states can glean about education reform from high performing countries.

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Ebola, Public Health and NCSL Quarantine Resources

When a traveler from West Africa was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30 in Dallas, NCSL’s web page summarizing state laws on quarantine and isolation began trending in a curious way.

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Karl Kurtz, NCSL's Longest-Serving Employee, Retires

Karl Kurtz has been a leading voice for state legislatures and NCSL, even before there was an NCSL. Kurtz, director of NCSL’s Trust for Representative Democracy, is retiring after 42 years on the job and was feted during a staff luncheon Thursday at NCSL's Denver office.

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Legislative Staff Meet Communications Challenges Head on at LINCS PDS

Working as a communications professional in state legislatures is trickier than ever.

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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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