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2020 Session Preview: Postsecondary Education

As the 2020 legislative session kicks off, legislators will consider a range of higher education issues affecting students across the country.

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States Magnify Children’s Early Educational Needs in 2019

Legislatures from Hawaii to Maine continued to pave the way for high-quality early childhood education in 2019.

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Examining the Issues Behind College Student Athlete Compensation

California’s passage of  Fair Pay to Play legislation in September has launched the issue of allowing student athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness to the forefront of consideration for the upcoming 2020 session.

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Pros and Cons of Allowing Guns in Schools

Should guns be carried in schools? And if so, by whom? Teachers? Police officers? School resource officers? Should they be trained as police or school employees? Should urban/suburban schools be treated the same as far-flung rural districts? How do you deal with cultural and racial sensitivities? Should school districts have their own police departments?

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States Looking at Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion

For college-bound students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step when it comes to obtaining a variety of federal and state financial aid supports. But while the FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for federal student aid, in 2018 only 60.9% of high school graduates completed the form.

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States Review Rules in Wake of College Admissions Scandals  

The issue of college admissions was further amplified when federal prosecutors indicted more than 30 college parents as part of the bribery scandal that became known as Operation Varsity Blues. 

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Principals and Policy Makers

NCSL gathered education committee chairs from around the country in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss a variety of pressing education topics, including the intricacies of school principals, their effects on teachers and students, and how to implement pipelines in their states.

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Displaying 'In God We Trust' in Public Schools

By September 2019, at least 19 states had enacted laws that either allow or require the display of the national motto in public buildings, including school buildings. Of these 19 states, nine have statutory language stating that public buildings may display the national motto.

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Legislators Focus on Non-Degree Credentials to Meet Attainment Goal

The value of non-degree credentials and the broader challenges facing today’s students were the focus during the 16th annual NCSL Legislative Institute on Higher Education, which drew 26 legislators and two staffers to Park City, Utah, earlier this month.

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 State Legislatures Magazine Takes Peek at World of Education 

It can feel like education officials just keep trying to reinvent the wheel. New curricula, new class sizes, new schedules, more choices, more testing, less testing. Yet the average test scores of our kids remain mediocre and keep slipping lower in international comparisons. 

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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.