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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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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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Impact of Disrupted Learning

A trio of education experts who have analyzed equity in disrupted learning and COVId-19's impact on education, participated in the second vitual meeting hosted by NCSL's Education team focused on tackling learning gaps and reengaging students.

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Census Data Will Be Released Aug. 16: Are Alternatives Available in the Meantime?

Nearly five months behind schedule, the delays at the bureau have had significant impacts on states’ abilities to comply with their own redistricting deadlines. While these delays may provide states with new and unique opportunities to gather public input or make policy changes, the primary challenge states face is addressing the legal catch-22 many states find themselves in.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Another COVID Restriction Affecting Religion

In Tandon v. Newsom the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the 9th Circuit should have preliminarily struck down California’s and Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 rule permitting only three families to gather in homes at a time. The Supreme Court reasoned that this rule likely violates the First Amendment because at-home religious exercise is treated less favorably than comparable secular activities.

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Students Affected by COVID: Assessing Learning Gaps

A lack of summative assessments from the 2020 academic year has left a gap in knowledge as to where students are in their learning progress. However, periodic interim testing has continued and is providing a framework to identify areas of learning loss among students.

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Reopening the Workplace: Americans Look to Ditch Some Pre-Pandemic Norms

With three approved COVID-19 vaccines now available to the public, health experts predict the country will reach herd immunity – the point at which enough of the population is immune to the virus leaving it nowhere to spread – by as early as mid-summer. Many state policymakers are eager to relax social distancing mandates and reignite their economies. But are Americans ready to go back to the workplace?

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Opinion: Notion of 'Unnecessary' Aid to State and Local Governments a 'Myth'

The argument that states and local governments don't  need the $350 billion aid proposed in the $1.9 stimulus bill soon to get a vote in the Senate is misguided, according to an opinion piece in Governing magazine.

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