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Addressing Social and Emotional Needs During COVID-19

As summer was coming to an end there were lots of questions about how reopening schools in the fall was going to work.

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Now Playing: American Democracy Game Teaches Important Civics Lessons

A commitment to civics education and to helping legislators and legislative staff educate the public about representative democracy and the legislative process led to the 2011 launch of NCSL’s American Democracy Game.

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Legislative Trends in Education Funding

Declines in state revenue, coupled with the rising costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced legislators to make difficult decisions about how to allocate state education dollars. While several states continue to revise their FY 2021 budgets to reflect adjusted revenue projects, most have enacted new budgets.

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Educating Our Youngest Learners During Challenging Times

NCSL’s State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) bipartisan working group met in a virtual three-day summit to discuss COVID-19’s impact on early learning systems and the methods state policymakers can use to address the challenges.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, created the $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund. This fund provides $13.5 billion in pandemic relief aid for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

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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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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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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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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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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.