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Justice Sotomayor Allows NYC to Mandate Vaccines for School Employ

Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned down a request from a group of New York City teachers and paraprofessionals asking her to overturn a federal district court decision upholding New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) policy requiring all employees and contractors who work in-person in DOE buildings to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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There’s No Place Like Home: Delivering Care at Home Remains a Priority for States

More than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports (LTSS) currently supports home and community-based services (HCBS) rather than institutional care (e.g., long-term care facilities).

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NCSL Meeting Tackles Early Education Challenges

The challenges facing the early education workforce and potential policy options to support early learning teachers and programs were the focus of a meeting hosted by NCSL’s Education team in June.

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Census Redistricting Data Arrives A Little Bit Early

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that detailed data from the 2020 decennial census (aka P.L. 94-171 redistricting file, aka “the redistricting data”) will arrive on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. This comes as surprising news as the U.S. Census Bureau had promised it by Aug. 16.

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Veering to Virtual Care: NCSL’s New Telehealth Toolkit for State Legislators

Whether it was attending Zoom University or living that work-from-home life, COVID-19 led a lot of us to go about our day-to-day lives remotely. This, of course, is also true for many patients who sought out health care—and the providers who delivered those services—during the pandemic.

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States Turn to Medicaid to Support Behavioral Health Needs Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated trauma, isolation and economic insecurity exacerbated existing behavioral health problems and created new ones.

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NCSL, Lawmakers Brief Congressional Staff on Importance of Infrastructure Funding

Encouraged by the recent bipartisan talks between Congress and the White House, NCSL held a virtual briefing for congressional staff on Capitol Hill stressing the importance of infrastructure as a top state budget and policy priority.

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Gorsuch Rejects Broad Challenge to Colorado COVID-19 Restrictions

Acting alone, Justice Neil Gorsuch refused to rule on an emergency petition challenging Colorado’s disaster emergency statute, meaning the statute remains in place.

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Lawmakers Weigh In on Census Data

Yesterday's long-awaited news from the U.S. Census Bureau about which states gained and lost congressional seats drew quick responses from state lawmakers.

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Category: Census, COVID-19
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Reengaging Learners Through Afterschool and Summer Programs

Strategies to reengage students who have fallen behind in their traditional learning or who will be returning to the classroom after a virtual or hybrid schedule were the focus of the final session of NCSL's Education Program's virtual meeting focused on tackling learning gaps and reengaging students.

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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.