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The Role Summer Programs Play in Keeping Kids Learning and Engaged

In recent years, educators and policymakers have shifted from using summer as a time for rigid, remedial summer programs to supporting summer learning programs that incorporate a mix of academics and enrichment activities.

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Swing By the Elections and Redistricting Team’s (Virtual) Office

Are you sitting up at night thinking about census delays? Or voting by mail? Maybe you have some questions before diving in to redistricting? Worry no more—we’ve got answers for you!

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State Legislatures Magazine: Legislative Leaders Pivot to Non-Virus Challenges

The traditions and customs of America’s legislatures have evolved and been nurtured for two centuries and are every bit as vital to their functioning as the deliberations over bills.

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Kavanaugh Allows Illinois Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order With Religious Exemption to Stand

Without explanation, without referring the matter to the entire Supreme Court, and without calling for a response, Justice Brett Kavanaugh denied a request for an emergency injunction to strike down Illinois Governor Pritzker’s executive order limiting gatherings to 50 people while exempting religious gathering. 

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Reemployment Strategies That Work: Nevada’s Tested Approach Offers Path Forward

For policymakers facing staggering job losses from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one state’s successful re-employment strategy may offer a template for moving forward.

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From Budget Health to Code Red: Fiscal Year 2020 is a Wrap

Happy new fiscal year! Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 ended on Tuesday for most states, closing the books on a difficult year of budgeting and kicking off what portends to be another.

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Take a (Virtual) Tour of Your State’s Capitol

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many states closed their capitols to the public and suspended guided tours, a staple for school-aged kids to learn about their state’s history and the role of the legislature.

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NCSL’s Health Innovations Task Force Tackles COVID-19 Challenges

From Portland, Maine, to Los Angeles, Calif., NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems has heard from the leading minds and practitioners in health innovations.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Higher Ed in the Age of Covid-19: Resources for State Legislators

The COVID-19 pandemic has left colleges across the country scrambling to plan for the fall of 2020.

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 New Guidance From SBA Eliminates Some Eligibility Requirements for Criminal Records

The Small Business Administration has issued new guidance easing eligibility restrictions for individuals with a criminal record–one week before the June 30 deadline to apply.

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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.