State Legislatures

VOLUME 35, No. 8 | September 2009

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Education in the Balance
By Garry Boulard
The next version of No Child Left Behind is not going to happen without state lawmakers demanding a bigger say.

Online: A Q and A with Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy

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What Teachers Need
By Michelle Exstrom
Research into why teachers leave the profession is helping lawmakers craft better policies to hold onto them.

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Teen Drivers Tune-Up
By Melissa Savage
A move is underway to impose national standards on teen drivers.

Online:  More resources related to graduated teen driver's licenses.

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Riding Out the Storm
By Neil Downing
Tiny Rhode Island has been buffeted by a huge fiscal hurricane that’s far from over.

Online:  Read more about steps states are taking to address the fiscal situation at NCSL's Budget and Tax program.

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Battle for Albany
By Irene Jay Liu
Inside the battle for control of the New York Senate.

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Double Duty
By Gary Clark
Legislators who also serve in the military often find a new way of looking at representative democracy.

Online: Military regulations regarding service by elected officials.

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Improving the Odds
By Melissa Hansen
Dozens of states aim to help minorities and low-income residents receive better medical care and live
healthier lives.

Online: Read more about steps states are taking to address health disparities and see a 50-state map
showing the 35 states that have created statewide strategic plans to address the problem.

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