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Implementing Racial Justice Curriculum and Standards

Increased efforts to examine state standards promoting racial equity, oppose implicit bias, and encourage curricula that recognize the contributions of minority groups and the complex history and impact of racism in the United States are circulating in the nation’s legislatures.

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Category: Education
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Preliminary Data Suggest Increased Risk for Severe Illness Among Pregnant Women with COVID-19

Pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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State Efforts to Promote Racial Equity in K-12 Schools

Following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, nationwide protests prompted policymakers to newly examine issues of racial justice in institutions, including K-12 schools.

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Category: Education
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How to Recruit Poll Workers and More in the July Canvass

As a political science major, I love nothing more than voting.  But elections don’t just happen—they require thousands of poll workers, many of whom are older, retired Americans. This year, many veteran poll workers are choosing to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and elections will need young people like me to step up and work the polls.

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Category: Elections
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IDEA at 45: How the Pandemic Affects Students With Disabilities

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), a landmark civil rights law that ensures states and school districts provide a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities.

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Category: Education
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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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Supreme Court to Decide if Government Policy Changes May Moot a Lawsuit

The question the Supreme Court will decided in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski is whether the government changing a policy after a lawsuit has been filed renders the case moot if the plaintiff has only asked for nominal damages. 

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 SCOTUS Holds a Sitting President May Be Issued a State Criminal Subpoena

President Donald Trump's tax returns are unlikely to be available to the public soon as a result of two Supreme Court cases.

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Supreme Court OKs ACA’s Expanded Contraceptive Mandate Exemptions

In a 7-2 decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania the U.S. Supreme Court held that religious employers and employers with moral objections may be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate.

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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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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.