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Entries for August 2018

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Listen Up! Learn the Skills of Good Listening

Los Angeles—By focusing only on what you’re saying, chances are good that you’re not hearing. It’s one of several barriers to listening described by leadership coach Samuel Solomon during the workshop “Learning to Listen” at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Reforming the Juvenile Justice System by Keeping Kids Out of It

Los Angeles—The key to helping juveniles who become involved in the criminal justice system? Make sure they avoid it in the first place.

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U.S. Economic Forecast: Sunny Today, Clouds Building

Los Angeles—The U.S. economy is in good shape, but challenges hover. That's the message economist Christopher Thornberg delivered to a Legislative Summit session Wednesday.

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‘Strategic Leadership’ Key to Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Los Angeles—There was a time when Sergio Garcia, principal at Artesia High School in Los Angeles County, would get hung up on when contacting teachers about job openings in his classrooms.

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Strategies for Managing Prison Health Care Costs

Los Angeles—A panel at NCSL's Legislative Summit grappled with how to manage strategies for prison health care expenses that cost states $8.1 billion in 2015 to treat a population with high rates of both physical and behavioral health issues.

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