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Legislative Resources Supporting Young Children and Their Families

This month the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child.

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Category: Human services
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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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SCOTUS Clarifies Sentencing Juvenile Homicide Offenders to Life in Prison Without Parole

In Jones v. Mississippi the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that sentencing a juvenile convicted of homicide to life without parole doesn’t require a separate factual finding of permanent incorrigibility or an on-the-record explanation with an implicit finding of permanent incorrigibility.

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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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New Evidence-Based Policymaking Resources Share Lessons and Takeaways

Evidence-based policymaking can help state policymakers allocate resources to programs that are effective, promote innovation, and build a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

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Special Delivery: State Strategies to Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.

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Category: Health
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NRI Committee Launches 2021 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 29 and continuing through June 24.

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Transportation Funding and Financing: State Approaches

With improved fuel efficiency, increased use of electric and hybrid vehicles, and a slow growth in vehicles miles traveled, revenue flowing into the Highway Trust Fund via the motor fuel tax has proven insufficient to support surface transportation programs.

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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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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.