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Entries for October 2018

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NCSL Commission Studies Idaho’s Mastery-Based Learning Network

“I think my parents are happy with what we’re doing because I actually get what I need,” says a fourth-grade student at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, Idaho. “Before, things were too easy for me in math—now that we switch classes to the right level, I’m learning more.” At the mastery-based Greenhurst Elementary, fourth-grade students might be working in fifth-grade math standards and third-grade grade literacy standards.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Brief in an Excessive Fines Case

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to buy and transport heroin.

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Pew Report: States Vary in Approach to Outcome Monitoring

With increasing legislative scrutiny on program effectiveness, state legislators use performance management systems, also known as outcome monitoring systems, for guidance. Nearly every state has an outcome monitoring system in place, yet just under half regularly review or audit performance indicators to evaluate success.

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How Will Transportation Measures Fare at the Polls?

One of the perennial policy topics affected by ballot measures is transportation, specifically transportation funding. Last year 82 percent of the more than 200 state and local transportation measures were passed across the country.

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Lawmakers, Staff Tour Metro State University in Denver

As part of the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education, legislators and staff toured Metropolitan State University in Denver to learn about the strategies used by the school and potential lessons to apply across the country.

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Category: Education
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The Siren Call of Tax Reform

During the 2018 legislative sessions, states such as Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri enacted significant tax reform measures, while other states, like Arkansas, engaged in discussions on making potentially significant changes to their revenue systems.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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Report Finds Gaping Hole in Retirement Savings as Policymakers Craft Innovative Solutions

A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security paints an astonishing picture of retirement unreadiness in America, despite the economic recovery.

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State Higher Ed Executives Highlight Need to Increase Scope, Focus on Reform

As states strive to increase postsecondary graduation rates, legislators will look to develop statewide plans and targets to meet these goals.

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Category: Education
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Who's on the Ballot This Year?

You may have heard that 6,066 state legislative seats (82 percent of all seats) are up for grabs in 46 states on Nov. 6. If that’s the sort of thing that gets your blood pumping, the good folks at NCSL have got you covered.

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Changing Student Faces Prompt New Strategies for Graduation

One of the biggest challenges facing postsecondary institutions is a rapidly changing student body. At the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education held in Denver, the topic of increased student diversity was an important focus for legislators and staff. 

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Category: Education
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