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SCOTUS Holds Religious Schools Can’t be Excluded from Voucher Programs

In Carson v. Makin the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that Maine’s refusal to provide tuition assistance payments to “sectarian” schools (schools that teach religion) violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.

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NCSL's Work To Bolster Afterschool Mapping and Data Collection To Inform Policy

Since 2014, NCSL, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, has been helping statewide afterschool networks collect, analyze and package afterschool and summer program data through a competitive grant opportunity.

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In Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn Grutter v. Bollinger, in which the Supreme Court held that institutions of higher education may rely on a narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further the compelling interest of achieving a diverse student body without violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause or Title VI (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs receiving federal financial assistance).

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More afterschool and summer learning programs are offering STEM programs but many students lack access to them, according to a recent report.

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Report Details Afterschool Program Access and Barriers in Rural Communities

A new report from a national afterschool organization details both growing demand for afterschool programs in rural communities as well as increasing barriers for rural children to access them.

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Legislators Focus on Adult Learners

The challenges facing adult students, the role of competency-based education, and potential state policy solutions were highlights of the Legislative Policy Bootcamp: Serving Adult Learners in Higher Education held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Governance, Best Practices Highlight Early Learning Team Meeting

Early learning governance, best practices and the impact on the workforce were the highlights of  NCSL’s Early Learning Team’s recent meeting.

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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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Cheerleader Wins SCOTUS Off-Campus Free Speech Case

In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the U.S. Supreme Court held 8-1 that a public school could not discipline a student who transmitted to her Snapchat friends, outside of school hours and away from the school’s campus, vulgar language and gestures criticizing the school and the school’s cheerleading team. 

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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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