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How Lawmakers Are Confronting COVID-19 College Challenges

After a 2020 session disrupted by COVID-19, lawmakers across the country return to statehouses to continue responding to the pandemic. One issue legislators will address will be the myriad challenges facing colleges and students pursuing a postsecondary degree or credential.  

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Addressing Chronic Absence During Covid-19: A Conversation with Bellwether Education Partners

Over the past 10 months, school officials have faced an attendance crisis as an estimated three million students have likely not received any formal education since March 2020.

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How Governors Have Spent CARES Education Funds

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, provided $3 billion to governors to address emergency education needs in their state.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to NCAA Pay-to-Play Prohibition

In NCAA. v. Alston and AAC v. Alston the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility rules which prohibit pay-to-play violate antitrust law. The Ninth Circuit ruled against the NCAA.

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New Afterschool Report Shows Both Demand and Barriers to Access Have Grown

What are parents’ opinions of afterschool programs? Afterschool Alliance recently released its 2020 America After 3PM report answering this important question.

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States' Control Over Graduate Student Unions

Hawaiian state legislators have introduced legislation to allow graduate students to unionize at the University of Hawaii (UH) several times since 2012, but every attempt has failed—most recently in 2019. Why? 

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Remote Learning Creates Tradeoffs for Education Policymakers

As governors and public health officials imposed stay-at-home orders last spring, educators, students and families rapidly adjusted to digital learning and other emergency measures. Over the summer and fall, questions about whether and how schools would open safely have been top of mind for policymakers and millions of Americans.

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NCSL’s FY 2020 Early Care and Education State Budget Report Now Available

It’s no secret that supporting healthy development from birth to age 5 is vitally important. What happens or doesn’t happen in these early years becomes the foundation for adult health and well-being.

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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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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.